So who was that guy Oprah was hugging on during Obama's victory speech?

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Oprah Winfrey might have been surrounded by some of her favorite people during Barack Obama's victory speech in Grant Park on Tuesday night, but it was a complete stranger she wept on during the rally for the new president-elect.

Do you know the man who let Oprah cry on his shoulder? If so, e-mail us and tell us who it is.

"Friends called me around the country and said, 'Who was with you?' I said, 'I don't know him, but he was very nice to me,'" Oprah says. "At one point I was just sobbing on his shoulder, mascara everywhere."

"Thank you, Mr. Man, for letting me cry on your shoulder."

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haha I came to oprah's site to look at something else, but instead I see all this ignorance. I am 16, and I know better than this hahaha its amazing. I would say grow up, but its too late for that you all are- so get a life. Our president is black. Deal with it. People are still going to get sick, grow old, and die. Aha when you find a president that can fiz the REAL issues --let me know!! =]

Make change in your community

i think obama will make the economy peaceful and fun! me and my auntie was talking about it and we said that they should paint the white house black!! WE MADE HISTORY! im so happy!!

-god bless take care,

shoniquea brown! p.s. WE MADE HISTORY!

I voted for Obama because he stood for hope and unity.. Black or white he is the change our country needs right now. President Elect Obama stands for many things I am trying to instill in my children that race does not matter it is what the person stands for and how he treats other indiviuals. I am looking forward to see what he does the next for years. Yes he did restate his expectation to a more realist goals but his ultimate goal still stand. One step at a time. With everything going on in the world right now we as Americans need to unite not divide. As for Oprah Winfrey she was not the only one crying as I was lying in bed his speech gave me new hope. No president has moved me like him. God Bless President Elect Obama and his family

I would not waste my time, strength or energy responding to the uneducated, weary-soul individual (Betsy). Lets just thank God for sending an Angel that WILL help to fix this crisis that American is in. The last time I checked job cuts, foreclosures, and repossessions did not have a color on them. So why make a big deal because Barack Obama is Black!!!!!

It's Larry Holmes brother, Mobil. Yeah, that's totally him!

i can not understand why you argue about reasons you vote for Obama. Can't YOU all just be proud that YOU have made a more than just GOOD decisions. Rarely happened in world history that an election (even AMerica's Presidential Election) was so worth waiting for. Never happened in your history that the President Elect is WELCOMED by almost all world nations. It is YOUR victory, America. Not Obama's. Don't let the country divided because you make a fuss of skin color, race, religion, language, gender .... You deserve to be proud that you now have a smart dedicated person as your leader. It's time to work together now ... As expressed by the honorable John Mc Cain in his last speech.

Not because I am an Indonesian, living in Indonesia, and would agree on Obama just because he had spent few years of his childhood in Indonesia. Following his struggle throughout this election time, I am sure, YOU have made the right choice. So, be proud of taking part in history. May God Bless America.

Politics and history are two separate entities that happened to work for the best in this election. Yes, Obama was the best man for the job regardless of race, but it takes a concious person to understand why African-Americans were so excited for President-elect Obama. Maybe you should re-examine the history of this country to understand why race matters here. I dont have enough space or energy to offer a history lesson to those less enlightened.

For those of you who are saying black people voted for Barack because of the color of his skin, so then you're saying there weren't white people who voted for McCain because he's white right? Exactly. If you're going to go around making assertions, please present both sides.

Still, I don't see why it matters so much. Is it so ludicrous for African-Americans to want to see someone who looks like them in a position of power? We all agree Obama was the best man for the job anyway, so what's the problem?? You voted for Obama because of politics, many African-Americans voted for him because of history. Stop trying to demonize the historical aspect of this election.

People never vote for a candidate strictly based off of their policies! NEVER! So dont try to make it seem like this election is an exception.

And it would have been historical as well if Hillary would have won-for the person who brought that up.

And to that, most black people vote democratic. Period. End of story. Even if he'd been a white man, he would have probably gotten the same response from the Black community ( as far as the numbers go).

And I totally disagree with the person who said that black people would have been in full support if Obama were a republican. There are examples of people who the black community does not necessarily endorse i.e Clarence Thomas and sometimes even Condoleeza Rice.

The bottom line is Obama represents something everyone can relate to: responsibility, change, progression.

You guys are writing so much towards this topic its unbeleive i think the one guy wrote a 300page novel

To KD,
About 14 million first time voters- This election showed that many younger generations and new voters who didn’t think that they could make a difference before now voted. Because people now hunt answers to current crisis we are in and crave for information & knowledge in global economy,history & geography. We no longer to rely on dumb statements from policy makers of last 8 years.

Next you wrote “One state said that 96% of the black voters voted for Obama, you want me to think that only 4% were republicans?” ......Okay, if this “one state” has say 1000 people (to clearly understand the percentage talk). And overall US black population is 13%. If I take the same % to this “one state” then 125 of 130 black people voted for Obama. Shows that 385 non-black people did still vote for Obama (to atleast get 51% to win the state). So where is race factor here?
It’s clearly “American people’s NEED Factor” for a smart Leader and make America a changed "Dream Nation" to outside world again period.

DAD?!!?!?!

I was in an airport and saw her on tv being interviewed right after the speech, anybody have a link to that, i couldn't really hear what she said...

to Betsy and Jenny

yes Oprah would have cried if Hillary made it. If Barack was not running Hillary time square would have looked the same if Hillary won. I personally voted for Hillary in the primaries bc i felt she represented me/my family and Barak in the election because he was the best candidate. As someone stated before African Americans have been voting for democrats white or black, but how many supported Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. In another forum both of you would probably talk about how blacks do not support each other, but you hypocrits would say that is why blacks voted for Barack. The fact of the matter is most African Americans are not as united as other races. Alot of African Americans encouraged there congregation to vote for Bush based on morals and they voted for him 2 terms. I don't care about statistics if you knew how they were derived. Most statistics only includes a small population of people not the entire say it is useless. Some of my family members voted for Bush 2 terms and look at the state this country is in. Do what I did when Bush became president, suck it up pray and support the president regardless of race. The only one concerned about race is the ones that are racist. When republicans become president do people who support them not celebrate. I bet you weren't whining then. When Kennedy was killed was blacks and whites not crying. Did blacks and whites not celebrate as well. Did whites not cry when Martin Luther King was killed. Change would not have happened if it where not for all races coming together in a positive way. So why are yall whining because you see African Americans happy, news flash other races are happy about Barack election as well and maybe cameras just not capturing as much. That is the power of the media. There are other countries celebrating Baracks presidency. GETOVER IT Barack will not change this country alone and Blacks are not ignorant and simple as you think we are to only go vote because of race. People got off there butts and voted because they are hurting from the damage that this current presidency has done and it is now affecting everyone. If you think we only put him in office then your statistic is really a joke because we would have to be the majority. What you mad cause this election you didn't have all our votes. Guess what this world don't belong to any of us think about what Jesus said about the vineyard and the farmers. One owner baby who knows our hearts and will sift us as wheat. Check your heart Betsy and Jenny your motives are not right. You don't know every Black and you don't speak for me nor do you know me. So don't try to discern our motives that is God's job. It is hatred and hypocrocy that has brought disaster to this country and economy. And for the record I am American never been to Africa and my skin is light brown. Whatsn't here doing slavery, but I am 32 and have been living with instutionalized discrimination. It amazes me that when Hillary and Barack were running statistics said one or the other had majority of the uneducated people votes. I guess majority of the people that voted for Barack is considered to be uneducated. That is funny, that would mean the educated voted for Bush, and the majority of the country must be uneducated since Barack won. I voted for Barack and i have my degree, worked 3jobs took 21 hours in college I am 32 no kids and worked my ass off. Engineering degree and still couldn't get a job in my field unless I was willing to work 3rd shift, make nearly $8hr with no benefits. In college my history professor told me why are all you black people coming here, get out of my class you will never be more than average nor will i give you an above average grade no matter what you do. I went through hell and still fighting, but i am here and i aint going no where. I work two jobs now to make ends meet and pay off all those student loans, but guess what I voted and I voted for the best candidate and will continue to do so Black, white, or Latino. I have no ill will towards any one but I can't wait to Jesus come back to put people in there place.

to Betsy and Jenny

yes Oprah would have cried if Hillary made it. If Barack was not running Hillary time square would have looked the same if Hillary won. I personally voted for Hillary in the primaries bc i felt she represented me/my family and Barak in the election because he was the best candidate. As someone stated before African Americans have been voting for democrats white or black, but how many supported Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. In another forum both of you would probably talk about how blacks do not support each other, but you hypocrits would say that is why blacks voted for Barack. The fact of the matter is most African Americans are not as united as other races. Alot of African Americans encouraged there congregation to vote for Bush based on morals and they voted for him 2 terms. I don't care about statistics if you knew how they were derived. Most statistics only includes a small population of people not the entire say it is useless. Some of my family members voted for Bush 2 terms and look at the state this country is in. Do what I did when Bush became president, suck it up pray and support the president regardless of race. The only one concerned about race is the ones that are racist. When republicans become president do people who support them not celebrate. I bet you weren't whining then. When Kennedy was killed was blacks and whites not crying. Did blacks and whites not celebrate as well. Did whites not cry when Martin Luther King was killed. Change would not have happened if it where not for all races coming together in a positive way. So why are yall whining because you see African Americans happy, news flash other races are happy about Barack election as well and maybe cameras just not capturing as much. That is the power of the media. There are other countries celebrating Baracks presidency. GETOVER IT Barack will not change this country alone and Blacks are not ignorant and simple as you think we are to only go vote because of race. People got off there butts and voted because they are hurting from the damage that this current presidency has done and it is now affecting everyone. If you think we only put him in office then your statistic is really a joke because we would have to be the majority. What you mad cause this election you didn't have all our votes. Guess what this world don't belong to any of us think about what Jesus said about the vineyard and the farmers. One owner baby who knows our hearts and will sift us as wheat. Check your heart Betsy and Jenny your motives are not right. You don't know every Black and you don't speak for me nor do you know me. So don't try to discern our motives that is God's job. It is hatred and hypocrocy that has brought disaster to this country and economy. And for the record I am American never been to Africa and my skin is light brown. Whatsn't here doing slavery, but I am 32 and have been living with instutionalized discrimination. It amazes me that when Hillary and Barack were running statistics said one or the other had majority of the uneducated people votes. I guess majority of the people that voted for Barack is considered to be uneducated. That is funny, that would mean the educated voted for Bush, and the majority of the country must be uneducated since Barack won. I voted for Barack and i have my degree, worked 3jobs took 21 hours in college I am 32 no kids and worked my ass off. Engineering degree and still couldn't get a job in my field unless I was willing to work 3rd shift, make nearly $8hr with no benefits. In college my history professor told me why are all you black people coming here, get out of my class you will never be more than average nor will i give you an above average grade no matter what you do. I went through hell and still fighting, but i am here and i aint going no where. I work two jobs now to make ends meet and pay off all those student loans, but guess what I voted and I voted for the best candidate and will continue to do so Black, white, or Latino. I have no ill will towards any one but I can't wait to Jesus come back to put people in there place.

The guy with Oprah in photo is Sam Perry, a corporate development consultant, happened to be in the right place at the right time and comforted lady O as she cried for joy.

source : TMZ.COM

Shame on you Oprah, I was like you brought to tears of the change that my country has encounterd. But for you to air an 1938 fight, a boxing match at that,of a black man knocking out a white man ,and that made you proud!! I hope that brings a lot of hope to black people who look up to you!

To Betsy,KD, and No Longer a Democrat and others:

They are right. Racism played a part in this election. Racism is part of human nature that we cannot avoid. It is something that is ingrained in our DNA, that has evolved with us. It is human nature to discrimate against things and categorize them as favorable or unfavorable, dangerous or innocuous. We discriminate foods from poisons. We descriminate dangerous animals from those that are not. Racism is just a form of that basic instinct that we have evolved with to survive.

So I contend that to be racist is just to have a basic instinct of human nature. However, what we do and how we respond to that basic instinct tells us who we truly are. Extreme racism leads to irrational hatred and fear which then leads to inhumane acts such as slavery and genocide, i.e. enslavement of Africans in America and the Holocaust in Germany. To a lesser degree people may discriminate or favor those of different race at the work place, in school, or in politics. Again, that is "basic" human nature.

To Betsy, KD, and others, yes there were people that voted for the candidates based on the color of their skin. Of course racism played it's part in the election. There is no doubt of that. But, Barack Obama's victory on November 4th was not a result of the black vote alone. Black, white, asian, hispanic, native american men and women and those of mixed race, all contributed to Obama's victory. If people voted purely by the color of the candidates' skin, for sure, the result would not have been the same.

The victory on November 4th, showed that the people of this country lived up to their ideals of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity. The victory showed that the people of this country could transcend beyond their base instincts, beyond fear and beyond racism. It showed that we could look beyond the color of a person's skin and see the worthiness of his character and hear his message. That was why it was such a historic moment. November 4th showed the world that we the people of the US can transcend above our nature and become a better people and a better society. It was a victory not just for African Americans or Democrats, it was a victory for all who live in this great nation.

There is no cure for racism except possibly education. It is in all of us whether we realize (or accept it) or not. To recognize and understand what racism truly is and remember the atrocities that racism can lead to may be the only way we can avoid regressing to our base instincts. So Betty and others, I hope you read this and understand what racism truly is and realize why so many Americans celebrated and cried that night on November 4th.

Those who accuse blacks of voting for Obama because of his race are racists and classify blacks by the color of their skin and not the content of their character and democratic affiliation. 95% of blacks vote democratic and for 40 years have been voting for whites. Holy crap Betsy. No one is more narcissistic than white people. How dare you project your bull onto the black race. You also fail to mention that only 27% of blacks supported Obama when he ran against Hillary. They actually shunned Obama because he was black. Further, those who accuse whites of voting for Obama because of white guilt fail to realize that all whites aren't racist or incapable of thinking beyond race. America's cumulative IQ seems to be around 75-90 and thus racists project their own biases on others and ignore their own weaknesses. Obama won because he gave people hope, vision and faith. these things transcend race and always will. I despise idiots and they are everywhere. Hey You makes great points; there is yet hope.

I think many whites are still missing the point. The sentiment behind this event is not to say that "blacks have overcome the power of whites", as many people have led others to believe. The sentiment of hope and happiness is that the majority of people in this country spoke for a good man and candidate who happens to not fit the typical physical model of a president. That means that the country, as a whole, is moving away from the pretence that we judge a person by the physical rather than his or her abilities.

This is not a black vs. white moment, although some have made it out to be that, both black and white. I chalk it up to the notion that they just don't know any better, and hopefully that will soon change.

Many black people did not vote for Obama simply because he was black, although I am certain there were those who did. The excitement stems from this man, who happens to be black (1/2 black, 1/2 white for those who are so bent on people mentioning this), actually had a chance to make history. As stated before, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton ran for president before. They, contrary to popular belief, do not speak for the entire black community, nor do they speak for America. Barack speaks to America. Perhaps not all of America, but he tries and has done a better job doing it than anyone I've seen in my lifetime.

Please let's not lose our purpose and focus now that the election is over. We are trying to mend the gaps, not extend them.

I see everyone slamming Betsy here, but she is not 100% wrong. It is very true that the mojority of colored people voted for Obama strictly because of his 1/2 color. I do believe that Obama was the rite man for the job whether he was white or black. But I also believe had he not been the rite person for the job, that the majority of colored people would have still voted for him just to make this "history" mark. If this had absolutely nothing to do with color, people would not be calling it an 'historical event" The best man won the job, end of story, and thats all that should matter, who cares what his sking color is.. I dont, it seems everyone else is making this about race, why is that even bought up? I do not see him as a man of color, I see him as the rite guy for the job and I'm glad he won. Not sure why all the tears because a black man won.. Just be happy the rite man won.

Personally, I voted for Obama because he is a Democrat and I believed in his message. I was a converted Hillary supporter. But, I do have to say that that many, many black people just voted for him because he's black. I guarantee you there would not have been nearly as many new Af. American voters if Hillary would have been the Democratic candidate. Many, but not all, black people voted for him because he's black. That's not racist, its the truth. And I think most of them would admit it.

Ummmmmmm, hello, I voted for Obama. I was simply trying to show that everyone is getting carried away. He is a man, just like McCain, why is his skin color so important. I'm just kind of tired of everyone blaming white people for blacks not making it- because there is just as many successful African American, Chinese, Russian, etc as there are whites. Oprah has made some great contributions to people, but she has the money to do so. I didn't live through slavery, but neither did half the people that live here today. I feel bad for the way people treat others, because of their indifferences. Think for a moment: If Hillary would have made it all the way, would Oprah have cried the way she did? Would Chicago have looked like New Years Eve in Times Square. Having a women as president is as much of history as an African American making it. I think Obama will make a great president - I never said I was against it, I just don't think it necessary to get all up in arms about it. We all eat, walk, sleep, etc the same way. The color of our skin has nothing to do with it.

I will answer your question of why I did not vote for Obama! Babies. His record on abortion. I am not a racist like you would like to think, just a republican.

This is in response to the dim wit Betsy who is completely oblivious to the history of America and even more oblivious to the history of African American people. Okay Betsy, I will take this real slow and break it down very carefully in the hopes that you will get a clue. Check one: you believe that African Americans have voted for Barack simply because the color of his skin. First of all, it was not just the African American vote that put Barack in the white house. In case you missed it, even though it was broad cast on damn near every channel, not only did African American people vote for Barack, this landslide victory was the result of the vote of black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, young, old, etc. But to get to the point, the real reason that African American people voted for Barack was because FINALLY there was a candidate that recognizes the true struggle of American people. FINALLY there was a candidate who TRULY believes in Unity which finally includes African American people. FINALLY there was a candidate who would fight to end the struggle that American people have endured for longer than it would take to win the presidency. Now if you want to go there and say that African Americans did vote for Barack because of the color of his skin let me just say that if this were true can’t we just chalk it up to following suite of what White America has done for so long! Constantly pulling up their own and stepping on the backs of anything that is brown. Check two: As far as Howard Stern, if he called him self doing an experiment he should have done it with more than one variable. If he is willing to go so far as to ask African Americans about Mc Cain’s views to see if African Americans would agree, why not go so far as to ask white Americans about Obama’s views to see if white Americans agree…. I’m sure you would have come up with a different conclusion! And honestly the true and fair experiment has been carried out through the election when all Americans were presented with the ideas of both parties and were able to think about and make their decision of the course of years versus 30 seconds. Check three: So now Betsy wants to recognize that Barack is half black AND half white. What happened to all this love and unity when America decided to put in the constitution that any person who has one sixteenth of black in their blood would be considered black. OR, does this only apply when it is convenient for you! Honestly Betsy all America wants to do is make a change! We can go tit for tat all day but where would that get us? Get over your self and let’s work with our new and worthy president, Mr Barack Obama, and make this country better for all of us. If you can’t handle that shit then leave the country!

To No Longer a Democrat. You're just as ignorant as Betsy. PLEASE cash in your registered Democrat status. . .we don't want you!!! Fiscal irresponsibility of the Democrats? Are you serious? You can't be. I bet you don't even know what that means. You must have overheard someone you assumed to be intelligent say something like that and decided to coin the phrase as your own. LOL. It's the fiscal irresponsibilities of the REPUBLICANS and their ideology of free market capitalism and rush to deregulate that has the country upside down in financial turmoil. You and Betsy. . .PLEASE GO!!! Thank You

Oprah has blessed many people of different origins and descents, given not only air time, but her personal time, resources and support to people she does not even know. She is not "PRO-BLACK". Our country has made this a issue not Oprah. If this was Hillary, then what? Would this be Oprah bashing men if she supported her?I personally have to write in a block on all those miss guided forms that ask "what race are you" for my two apparent bi-racial children and the three that appear "just black". How many people you know is one race? Thing are not as they might appear. No one discounts the fact that Obama mother is white. ( Did you not see him proudly talk about his family repeatedly?). Only those who still chose to be ignorant and view him as such "A Black Man". I'm personally a Christian and no matter what color of your skin I still would call you my sister and/or brother. It is 2008, Please educate yourself before calling people out of thier names. Besides he looks handsome being the color God gave him and was Blessed with the name, Barrack Hussein Obama!
United States President #44
PS....I was a first time voter for Clinton, becuase I was interested...

Betsy

Your comments are laughable honey. Ignorance of your level is ALWAYS entertaining. First of all, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., is from Kenya. Kenya IS a country in Africa. Get a map and get a clue girlfriend. Secondly, you're right in your assertion that some black folks voted for Obama because of his race, just like there are some whites (probably you) who voted against Obama because of his race. And SO WHAT if we voted for Obama because of his race? That is our right. You and your cousins probably voted for McCain because he is pale like you or because you liked Sarah Palin (who like you isn't good at geography). In America, we can vote for WHOMEVER we want. And one last thing Betsy (and KD this is for you too). African Americans make up less than 11% of this country's population and we ALL didn't vote. The majority of the black votes cast for Obama were cast in Southern states which McCain won (AL, MS, TN, AR,etc.)!! A lot more of YOUR kind voted for Obama because they are enlightened and they know that Obama is the best man for the job who just happens to be black. YES WE DID!!!!!

To Betsy

Oprah is such an idiot get off her blog. I live in the south and I have talked to white citizens that have made the comment " I think he is a great man but I can't see myself voting for a black man. As you can see there were alot of votes go to there candiate just because of skin color. Let's not forget Obama votes 73% were white americans.

Dear Betsy,

It is clear to me that your ignorance has gotten the best of you. Let me give you some loving advice.......TURN THE PAGE!!! Based on your post on November 6th, you need to turn the page. You also need to ask yourself where your resentment for Oprah is coming from. Oprah Winfrey has the right like any other American to endorse and vote for any person SHE feels is qualified...that came with the Voting Act. Further, let me just say....you are espousing all this racism, but YOU young lady HAVE NOT done your homework on the history of the United States or you would know that in our very own history is the " 1 drop of black blood" rule that makes President Obama African American. Last but certainly not least, White Americans have had the privilege of voting for one of their own since the founding of this country...some of whom were NOT qualified to lead this country!!!! Most of the black people who voted for Obama, voted because HE IS QUALIFIED....TO LEAD, TO HEAL OUR COUNTRY AND TO HEAL OUR FOREIGN RELATIONSHIPS!!!!! THAT IS WHAT GREAT COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS DO!!!
Get over yourself and TURN THE PAGE!!!

I thought I recognized a chin or two

...which brings me to Obama. This is a major barrier for African-Americans; please know and understand this point. Just as Jackie Robinson did the unthinkable, and played a game with people nobody thought he would play with, or just as MLK Jr. gave us hope to dream, Obama helps to restore our hope that we can achieve anything. To say that Obama IS NOT African-American is false. Truth be told, most black people in America can trace some part of their ancestry to a white person. This is what makes us African-American, and not an African living in America. Being African is being "full black", as Betsy states. Theoretically speaking, an African-American can be described as a) an African who gains American citizenship or b) a person of African descent born in America. For African-Americans, this election was way more than politics. It was about seeing someone achieve the unthinkable. It was about being inspired. If you were at Grant Park election night (or saw pictures, for that matter), you saw who was there. It wasn't just African-Americans. It was everyone, European-Americans, Asian Americans, Christians, Muslims, Jews, gay, straight, old, young, etc. If one man can inspire all of these groups to come together, if only for just 1 night, then I'm all for him...

Yes, a lot of us (black people) did vote for Obama because of his skin. Is that racist? Well, some may look at it as such. Before, when our black children looked up at us and said, "Do you think I can be the President one day?", we had two choices: tell them they can or they can't. If we tell them that they can't, we risk crushing their dream and hopes of ever amounting to something in life. So what did us black adults do? We lied, and told them they could be anything we wanted, when in actuality, most of us never believed that child would ever become President. Call it pessimism, but a lot of us had this feeling based on life experiences. Surely, the U.S. wouldn't elect a black President...

"My guess is John Ritter"

Really? Even if he were alive, it looks nothing like him.

In response to Betsy's comments . . . I'm getting a bit tired of the Muslim connection. I have to admit when it was first broadcast that he was from Muslim background I had a bit of a panic attack. I took a moment and recognized it for what it was. A reaction to 9-11, not a reaction to the religion. I wouldn't want anyone diskliking me because I'm Catholic. I thought about it, and said, so what, he's Muslim. Of course, as time progressed, we were informed that it was a false statement. I believe his father or his stepfather's family is Muslim, but President-Elect Obama was raised Christian. As mentione previously, his father is from Kenya, the Luo of Kenya to be specific. His surname, Obama, was from the first name (and only name) of an ancestor, taken as a surname when European colonizers required them. It is a verb which means "to be slightly bent" or "to be twisted". Most likely given to the ancestor because of circumstances of his birth (breech position or and arm or leg that looked twisted). Another interesting fact is that Obama is the name of a few cities in Japan and means "little beach". His first name is also African and it means "blessed". It is also a form of the Hebrew name "Baruch". And finally, his middle name. Yes Hussein is Arabic. Arabic is a term pertaining to a group of people who live in the Middle East. Arabic does not refer to a religion, there are Arab Christians and Jews and Muslims. Hussein means "handsome one". You can find out more about President-Elect Obama at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama.

I am not defending Besty, she was a little over the top, but please don't try to make me think that race was not an issue. 14 MILLION first time voters? One state said that 96% of the black voters voted for Obama, you want me to think that only 4% were republicans? C'mon. Tyler Perry and Sherry Shepard both admitted they had never voted before. Why not if the just voted for the democrat? Democrats have run before. They were not interested enough before when their race was not running. Tyler Perry said voting this year was very important because we are at war...um guess what Tyler? We were at war 4 years ago too! I did not vote for Obama, but I did tell my kids that they were seeing history and I do think that is cool! But please don't tell me for one second that Obama's race was not an issue with black voters. I am certain if you switched and McCain were the democrat and Obama the republican he would have still won.

To Regina Robinson... In response to Betsy, well done, enough said.

What I want to know is, why is Oprah crying on some stranger's shoulder, when she has Stedman right behind her? Why did he get the shaft? Was he there just for publicity purposes?

Getting back to the original question,
who is this man with Oprah?

My guess is John Ritter

Wow!

History was made here, and all little Ms. Betsy can do is slam Oprah. Nice try Bess, but it won't work. You see, even white folks voted for Obama, and even more love Oprah. She's not a billionaire because of black viewers, now is she?

Also, Blacks only make up less than 13% of this population. So that leaves quite a few white folks that could take the blame for voting him in...maybe, yeah ;)

Why are we still so hung up on terms anyway. To piggyback, the term African American, as Ms. Sharee Jackson so eloquently put it, is to be a direct descendant of Africa who now lives in the US. Obama's mother was of German descent. Did they call her a German-American? Don't think so. Since there is no fair term given to folks who are of multiple cultural backgrounds like Obama, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, etc., the majority refer to them as either Black or African American. Remember, it only takes one drop of black blood to make you Black or, as they say, African American.

Who cares any way. He's not a white man. Again, history was made on Nov. 4th. Even if McCain was elected, Palin would have been the first women to become a Vice President. Either way, history would've been made and should now be praised.

So, take off your hood Bess, it’s a little dirty. This is 2008, babe!! America isn't just White and Black. By the way, more than 60% of Africans are Muslim. So, that would lend an explanation as to why he was given a Muslim name. I could go on and on for days on this rum-dum's remark...

Just "FREE YOUR MIND" and be happy. Even the rest of the world is proud of us for this historic event. Check out some World News programming sometimes!!!

CHANGE...

i'm only clicked the link to this article because it said "who's shoulder" on the front page and it's 2pm. sheesh.

Betsy,

SO WHAT!

SO WHAT if Bl ack people voted for him because he IS bl ack! SO WHAT! POWER TO THEM!

It's a tough for you to swallow isn't it! Imagine, a bl ack man is now YOUR Commander AND CHIEF!

Now tell me why YOU didn't vote for Obama?

(and spare us the B u LL!)

I don't know who this man is but he sure does looks like John Ritter.

Dear Betsy, the level of your ignorance is amazing!!! First off I am not a great fan of Oprah either but to say she voted for Obama (or that anybody else did) because is black is ridiculous. Also she's not an idoit and I could give you a billion reasons why, hell if she is a idiot we both wish we were that stupid. You may also be shocked to find out that alot of people, black and white felt he was the most equipped person to be president, but judging from your own words you probably don't think "BLACKS" are wise enough to come to such a decision. As far as "BLACKS" being racist, I'll just assume (as you have) that you must mean prejudice. All people have the ability to be prejudice, it take a majority to turn that prejudice into racism. With that being said, no minority group has the power to be racist, just prejudice. As far as the Howard Stern prank, I found that pretty funny too, but if you don't think for every person he interviewed who didn't know those were McCain's statements, that they were many more who did, your more stupid than the people he interviewed. Lastly about him not being "BLACK" our own government, in it's constitution gives the definition of "COLORED" as 1/8 African. The last time I checked 1/2 is greater than 1/8 Betsy. I think you need to check your mirror!!!

I don't know what the comment was that Betsy made, but to all my brothers and sisters (both white and black) that voted for A MAN with a plan, I commend you. I'm mixed with at least several different bloods, but to look all you'd see is a black woman. It doesn't matter the color--what mattered is someone came in and decided that WE needed a change and he promised to try to make that change happen during his term. But we must realize that it may or may not happend in his first term, and he will get a second term because we will all see that he is trying to do something positive for the USA. The republican party truly left a BIG MESS for President Elect Obama to clean up.

So, does anyone know the man Oprah leaned on?

"Obama is half white - he is not full black, so to say and African American is now the president is a false statement.."

Betsy are you serious? You know as well as all of us that with one drop of black blood, he's considered a N***** to most white racist and you've probably called him that too. But it doesn't matter what you called him up until Nov.4th. As of Nov. 5th YOU can just call him PRESIDENT Obama!!

The thing that irritates me is how Oprah thinks she is the end-all of everyone's lives. I personally do not care what Oprah thinks about politics or anything else. We elected Obama, NOT Oprah so why are you giving her so much coverage? Who cares who she was crying on at the rally????
Michelle Obama is going to be the first lady, NOT Oprah so why don't you focus your attention on her?

Whoever this man is that allowed Oprah to lean on him was so in tuned toward listening to President Elect Senator Obama, that I wonder if he realized that it was Oprah leaning on his shoulder! And as far as Betsy goes - I've already made my statement about her ignorance a minute ago, but since she had the nerve to call my Sister, Oprah, an idiot, I'm confident that this itsy-bitsy Betsy doesn't have a clue as to what it means to know and understand 'Divine Intervention!' Oh, and by way y'all, in my book "How To Succeed In Life By Understanding The Meaning of Your 'Date of Birth'!," (www.lulu.com/content/1290841), which was published and released in OCTOBER 2007, I stated in my book that Senator Obama will become our 44th President of the United States of America, based on his 'Date of Birth!' I've been observing peoples' God-given 'Natural Born' personalities, talents, etc., since the age of 7, and BELIEVE ME BETSY, it doesn't matter what your birthdate is in this case . . . ignorance is ignorance, and blatant stupidity and racism are components of ignorance!

May God Continue To Bless President Elect Senator Barack Hussein Obama, his family, and the United States of America . . . OBAMA-MERICA!

All black people did not vote for Obama simply because of the color of his skin. All black people did not vote for Obama. Whatever reasons Oprah voted for Obama, those are her reasons and that's what this county was built on freedom to choose. Obama's paternal side of his family is from Africa. His mother named him after his father who was African. Howard Stern's interview in Harlem is not the sole voice for an entire group of people in this country. Racsim has a long history in this country and will continue to play a part in politics. Not all white people or any person of color are to be deemed racist.

Sorry guys - Betsy may be a little behind the times, but this is America, and you just elected a President who is backed by a Party who wholeheartedly supports individuality & sharing of opinions, and she has one, like it or not.

And I, in essence, agree with her. I watched BET the night of the election. I have never in my life seen a more one-sided viewpoint. The snide comments, the mean-spirited laughter, the obvious one-sided viewpoint and anti-white sentiment on that station that night was flabbergasting. They even made fun of the lone black McCain staffer they could find who CONTINUED to support his candidate, as a loyal and intellegent voter should. They treated him like the village idiot. I used to support BET. No more. I was a Democrat for 24 years. I am changing my party status SOLELY based on this election and the fiscal irresponsibility of the choice the Democrats made.

And I am offended at the reverse racism I saw based on polling numbers. 98% of blacks voted for Obama. Solely based on his policies? Riiiiiggghhht...

As a middle aged white man - I, too, was moved to tears by the election of our first Black President. I can not say that I fully emphathize with the tears being shed by Oprah, being that she is of African descent, but I think I do understand. For me it was the fulfillment of the most important lines from both our Declaration of Independence, and Dr. King's 'I have a dream' speech.
"All men are created equal"
"Judged on the content of their character, and not on the color of their skin"
I feel blessed to know that our democracy truly is of the people, and from this point forward in our history the American Dream of Liberty and Justice is truly available to all of its citizens.

Less than 50 years ago a black man could not wed with a with a white women. It was against the law in 25 states. Maybe thats why he is so special because he is what AMERICA hated so much and we have finally tore down the barrier that hung over our society. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

As a middle aged white man - I, too, was moved to tears by the election of our first Black President. I can not say that I fully emphathize with the tears being shed by Oprah, being that she is of African descent, but I think I do understand. For me it was the fulfillment of the most important lines from both our Declaration of Independence, and Dr. King's 'I have a dream' speech.
"All men are created equal"
"Judged on the content of their character, and not on the color of their skin"
I feel blessed to know that our democracy truly is of the people, and from this point forward in our history the American Dream of Liberty and Justice is truly available to all of its citizens.

Re: Betsy

Dear Betsy (with no last name), how sad you are not to realize history was made. And, you are still in the rut of racist attitudes to blame Oprah of ignorance of the real issues, as you see them..

Don't blame Oprah, she didn't get over 300 electoral votes, to McCain's 190 something, blame the American people, who knew, CHANGE was needed and, it's coming..

Besty you are in my prays along with others who think like you. Name calling and hate will not change the results of the Election. Barack Obama a man of Color is now our President. The United States is now a true melting pot. I will assume that you voted for McCain and Palin. Probably because they are white. Just so happens that all of our nations leaders have been middle aged white men. To call the actions of African Americans the most racist that you have ever seen in your life means that either you are blind in one eye and can not see in other. Betsy you do not have firm grasp on American history if this the biggest act of racism that you have ever seen. This country a very long history of racism and violence towards people of color especially African Americans. We have come from the slave house to the White House and for us it is truly a reason celebrate. Now you do not have to celebrate with us but do not be a spoiled sport and resort to name calling. It is not African Americans who say that President Elect Obama is African American. Our government states that he African American. Remember the one drop of blood rule. If that truly upsets you should complain to the group of people who came up with the rule middle aged white men. In conclusion you are right that President Elect Obama is not African American he is Kenyan American. YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!

Betsy
Although I don't know you, I will assume in your lifetime you have not done 1/100th of the good works Oprah has done in her lifetime. You have no right to judge her.

Secondly, Oprah has never publicly endorsed a candidate before which includes Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Third, why would you take a sampling of any population and use that to label an entire race as racist? Anyone with common sense knows not all white people are racist and not all black people are racist.

Fourth, in this country, if you are partially black, you are most likely labeled as African American (see Halle Berry). That's just the way society sees it. Get over it.

Lastly, people like you are the reason why we have such division in this country. You use pieces of poorly sewn logic to support your platform for hate. Racism and bigotry will always be around. Either you're part of the problem or part of the solution. The entire world is once again a believer in America. The only people disappointed are those like you who are ruled by fear and ignorance.

Betsy ~ you really have no clue what you are talking about. If you are half white and half black in the USA on your birth certificate you are automatically considered black. Oprah you are fantastic OBAHMA 2008 !!!

I find it amazing that so many closet racists (Betsy) feel the need to twist Obama's sweet victory into a race issue. Plenty of white people have been voting for white men (simply because they're white and America wouldn't have had it any other way) their entire lives. It's just not a subject talked about aloud. I have no problem saying that it is such a honor to have witnessed the first Black president being elected in my lifetime, but I like Oprah did not simply vote for Barack Obama because he's Black. Plenty of Black men walk the Earth but would be wrong for the job. Barack Obama is the right man for the job, at a time when things need to be different. It's the sour grapes that pour forth in your comment that forced me to blog for the first time. Normally I just leave hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and prejudice where they lie. But you (who obviously hates Oprah but spends time on her blog) just needed to be educated.

Poor poor Betsy.........is skin color the issue here? I prefer to commend my fellow citizens in the African American community for saving this country from 4 more years of fascist tyranny. From slavery to national saviors.now thats a story!

To Betsy..I wasn't going to comment, but that statement you made is just ignorant. And to explain to you why Nov 4 was such a historic event would be pointless because you sound like an idiot. I'll just say check out history and then maybe you'll realize why Oprah (and many others) was crying. Despite what you might think, a lot of black people voted based on the issues. And what about all the white people that voted for him? Did they do it based on the color of his skin too? I always heard that you should not argue with a fool, which obviously you are, so I won't even try.

are you kidding me betsy? using howard stern as your example? yes, black people voted for him and he is black, they didnt vote for him because he is black. do you think if john mccain was black and running against obama they would vote mccain? give me a break. they are just sick and tired of the republican screwup of the last 8 years. Oprah knows what she is doing, shes not an idiot (i dont see you being a successful million/billion dollar business woman/entertainer). In fact she knows she'll be paying more taxes in Obama's plan. But she also knows the economy will be in better shape because of Obama.

If all you people think taxes are going straight to the poor people thats not how it works. Do you give money at church? By your same principle you shouldn't because they give that to the poor as well.

This e-mail is in response to Betsy's comments. Betsy, I believe that African Americans all over the world and especially here in the United States recognize that President elect Obama is biracial. But given the notion that was created by the white forefathers of our nation, any individual with a drop of "black" blood was considered to be black. Still today, many areas all over this nation still subscribe to this notion. To respond to your question "Where is the African American?" Mr. Obama was born in America and his father was African, therefore that constitutes his origin. This is the exact same as many individuals who refer to themselves as Italian Americans, Polish Americans, Mexican Americans ... I encourage you to study African American history.

TO BETSY;
IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. AND YES HE IS MIXED. BUT A HUNDRED YEARS AGO IF A BABY WAS BORN WITH BLACK AND WHITE PARENTS. THE CHILD WAS CONSIDERED BLACK. UNLESS THE CHILD WAS BORN WITH WHITE SKIN AND THE PARENTS HID THE IDENTITY OF THE BLACK PARENT. IF OBAMA SAID THAT HE WAS WHITE AND YET HIS SKIN REMAINED DARK WHAT WOULD YOU THINK? LETS STOP THE RACIST REMARKS AND CONTINUE TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE CHANGED AND BETTER THINGS ARE COMING OUR WAY. KEEP THE PEACE THAT AMERICA SHOWED ON THAT HISTORICAL NIGHT. ITS DONE.

Actually Betsy, Barack is a true African-American. His father was from Kenya and his mother was from Kansas.

Betsy, you are lost and in denial...but that's ok, we forgive you. Don't act like much of white america didn't vote for McCain because he is white. Like it or not, we have elected the first African American President. Denials or boycotts won't change that fact.

Oh, by the way, I do not know the guy in the pic with Oprah.

To Betsy:

How many people voted against him because of he color of his skin. It's sounds like you did!!
It was an historic moment for not only black people but mainstream America as well.
Hopefully racism, both from whites and blacks, will continue to fade away. I don't know how much race played a part in Oprah's decision. After all, Obama was the best choice.
We need to unite, his election sends a huge message.
By the way, I am white.

Oprah - is an idiot. Sorry, but if the only reason she voted for Obama was for the color of skin- just proves her ignorance towards real issues. Everyone is acting like 500 black men ran before and were turned down - not the case here. So, if you want to call the white people racist, please look in the mirror - I have never seen so much racism before in my life. All the black people voted because of his skin. Howard Stern interviewed blacks in Harlem, and asked why they voted, he gave examples of McCain's views, and all the blacks said yes to those views, not knowing they were a white man’s policies. BESIDES - Obama is half white - he is not full black, so to say and African American is now the president is a false statement..

He is half white, half black, with a Muslim name!!! Where’s the African American here – Obama is not even from Africa!!!!

BOYCOT OPRAH....

I've never really been a devoted fan, but my mom always has.You (oprah) like everyone change. AS you are suppose to as well as this world in which we live in.Although I have never written in or e-mailed you before, I have to say I thought that it was very humble and respectful that you allowed OBAMA to carry his own weight.Thanks for doing the right thing. Hopefully My mom will have the oppertunity to meet you in chicago soon at one of your many shows. Thanks again,wrw

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