BY KARA SPAK and MARK BIEGANSKI Staff Reporters
A Harpo representative declined to give further details about Perry's appearance.
Suntimes.com broke the news today that Perry, of Menlo Park, Calif., is the man in a widely circulated image with Oprah.
A neighbor of Perry said Perry and his wife were Obama supporters, at one point hanging a large Obama banner off a storage unit that was holding construction equipment in their driveway during a recent remodeling project.
Perry is apparently an Obama volunteer, listed as the communications director for Silicon Valley for Obama.
Giselle Schmitz, regional field director for the Obama campaign, described Perry as "a great guy" and "tremendous asset to the organization."
"He's a great, great supporter," she said. "He did a ton of work on the campaign."
Schmitz said she and other Obama supporters watching the results Tuesday night saw Perry and instantly recognized him.
"We all saw him right away," she said. "It was great."
Oprah dubbed Perry "Mr. Man" on Wednesday's show, thanking him for the support.
"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."