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Sweet Oprah/Obama Iowa 6. Oprah Winfrey speech excerpts

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SOMEWHERE ON RTE. 80 EN ROUTE TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA.--I'm typing using a camping headlamp, in a car as we're driving in an ice storm from Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, where Oprah Winfrey will make her second stump appearence for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)

Below are excerpts from Winfrey's speech I just transcribed.

“….No, I’ve never done this before. And it feels like I am out of my pew, I’m out of my terrain. Backstage somebody said, ‘Are you nervous?’

“I said, ‘You’re damn right I’m nervous. Yes I am because I’ve never done this before.

Excerpts, from the top...


"Iowa! Oh my goodness. Helloooo. At last, I'm here.

“You know, so much has been said about what my jumping into this arena does or does not bring to the table of politics.

“I really don’t know. I’m going to leave that all up to the pundits, who will say, ‘will it be the same influence as her book club. Will it be like the ‘Favorite Things’ show.

“I don’t know about all of that. Despite all of the talk, the speculation, and the hype, I understand the difference between a book club and a free refrigerator. That was a nice refrigerator.

“I understand the difference between that and this critical moment in our nation’s history. And so I bathed, yes I did and I got dressed to come

“There are times that I even worry about what happens to this country. And that’s why, for the very first time in my life, I feel compelled to stand up and to speak out for the man I believe has a new vision for America.

“…So I am not here to tell you what to think. I am here to ask you to think, seriously,
I want you to think seriously about a man who knows who we are. And knows who we can be.

“I am not here for partisan beliefs. Over the years, I’ve voted for as many Republicans as I have Democrats.

“So this isn’t about partisanship for me. This is very, very personal. I’m here because of my personal conviction.about Barack Obama and what I know he can do for America..

“….No, I’ve never done this before. And it feels like I am out of my pew, I’m out of my terrain. Backstage somebody said, ‘Are you nervous?’

“I said, ‘You’re damn right I’m nervous. Yes I am because I’ve never done this before.

“But if we continue to the same things over and over and over again, I know you get the same results. So what I believe is that it is time for us all to ‘let dream’ America anew, by supporting Barack Obama.


19 Comments

Oprah's true colors of racial divisiveness may be shining through. Where has she been for the last 25 years as election after election rolls by? Then an African American joins the ranks and she's suddenly all over it, practically in tears, telling us, as only Oprah can do, to "think" (thanks Oprah). And Obama supporters, please spare us the chatter about how this is the first time she has believed in a candidates's platform, etc, etc. etc. She is out there because he's black and this sends the wrong message, particulary as she demands "color blindness" from her viewers day after day. She's clearly not blind to color and that is perhaps the biggest sham of all. But then again, many of us have always known that Oprah, like Obama, is a fraud.

Why isn't Oprah and Obama saying something about the bitch comment aimed at Hilary? Note the bill moyers' interview about baseline misogyny in America that aired last night.

RE:>Derrick's post.

1) I don't imagine Derrick was there. I was, and it was a great event. I don't really know what people like Derrick are looking for in a candidate? Jesus Christ himself? How do we get any better than the closest guy to JFK that I have seen during my 56 years. Derrick, you need to listen, engage in research, or simply read more of his policies and positions statements. You're just not doing your homework.

2) Regarding the reference to "color blindness", I presume you're not black but does it really matter? It's not about his race, Derrick, it's about his MESSAGE!!! Jeepers, what is wrong with people! Why can't you just listen to his message (and Oprah's) instead of getting all hung up about race issues.

What Barack brings to this campaign, and what he will bring to the Presidency, appears to be above your comprehension level. You're apparently caught up in some infantile pseudo-fixation about people's race or ethnic origin and not bothering to take the time to actually think, which was EXACTLY Oprah's point.

You're exactly the kind of person who Oprah was trying to reach when she said, "think seriously" about this race. Unfortunately, her message appears to have been wasted on you. You're stuck in the 1800's. I believe you are the fraud, and it's so sad when I think about how many folks like you are out there. It's downright scary. Fortunately, most of us in Iowa have done a LOT more research on the candidates than you.

Oprah was the same one who told the world the time for Iraq war was NOW. see how Oprah shoots down an audience who expresses genuine concern about war. she sided with neocons and demonized anyone who spoke against war. others were mislead, but Oprah carried water for neocons, which is worse. hope media asks her why she did what she did. here is the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqVtRJeXxXM

Derrick, you seem to be the racist, who assumes that a black woman must be supporting a black man only because he is black. I'd say that actually she -- like millions of Americans -- supports him IN PART because he does not pretend that racism is in the past (as your comments so clearly demonstrate for us all).

Derrick, I didn't see Oprah out there campaigning for Jesse Jackson in '88 or Al Sharpton in '04. Seems your argument is just a bunch of b.s., colored by your own underlying racism.

Derrick, Obama is not the only Black person to run for President.Just fyi.

LYNN SWEET REPLY
Offensive comment deleted. Sorry it slipped through.

We'll all just keep calm, this is going to get a lot more difficult if he gets the nomination. We're in this for the long haul. There are a lot of Derricks out there and this is the perfect forum to focus thoughts on truth and justice, which we will steadfastly adhere to. These are great comments from everyone, and it's just the beginning of a huge struggle. 11 more months of this, if Barack is chosen. And then, who knows what? But what better struggle to be involved in? This is virtually the same as the fight against the xenophobia that has encouraged terrorism. Fight the good fight, everyone! We're all on the same side, some of us just don't know it yet.

hey there all. . .I'm responding to the crazy, racist, narrow-minded comments about Oprah only jumping into this campaign because Senator Obama is an African-American man. How soon they forget that Senator Obams is not the first African-American to run for the Office of the President of the United State! I campaigned for Jesse Jackson MANY years ago--it was the first time I was eligible to caucus and vote!! Oprah was a force to be reconed with then, just as she is now. Her decision to get involved this go-round is, according to her, because it is time for a change, it's time to realize the dreams and greatness of our nation and all of its potential.

In closing, I will say that one of the GREAT things about our nation is the freedom to say what we desire--even if it is wrong and the masses correct us later!! LOL. ..

I hope that all of you get involved in this election, no matter who you support, and make it out to your state's primary (or caucus as the case may be). Make a difference and allow your voice to be heard!!!

Barack is only 50 percent black and the other half white. Everyone seems to be thinking that this man is black and he is not all BLACK. I am disappointed in Oprah in sticking her nose into this presidential race. Oprah, did you register to vote in this upcoming election? When was the last time you (Oprah) voted. I will still watch her shows, but that does not influence myself or my family to vote for Obama.

I am very concerned about voting for Obama and we will be electing a leader maybe in on the job training? Please, you know who will be calling the shots at the White House if Obama gets in? DALEY. DALEY.

His insiders are with Obama, David Axelrod, Pritzker, Bill Daley.

Finally, is Obama going to keep his promise by keeping the Federal Prosecuter in the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald here in Chicago? Obama told this to John Kass.

And, everyone knows that Daley wants a friendly U.S. Attorney.

I FOR ONE LIKE BARACK ,I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS PRESIDENT. I ALSO BELIEVE HE WILL CLEAN UP THIS MESS THAT
THE EXPERIENCE ADMINSTRATION HAVE MADE. SO THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY CAN COME BACK INTO GOD'S GRACE

I'm sick and tired of hearing this on the job training comment.I think Obama is more experienced than hillary when it comes to issues a president will face when get elected. If you guys want Democracy vote for Obama. Both Clinton's are very deceptive and will stop at anything to get int he White House even if they are sure they aren't that qualified. Bill Clinton lied to America about his affairs with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton sat there and stared in the camera and proceeded to tell a lie. Please see behind all this media circus and do whats right.


i am not a hilary supporter, but why is it she is a liar because her husband lied? You can't pass down the mistakes or traits of one person to another just because they are married. If you want to disregard everything Bill Clinton says so be it, but don't try to make other people out to be liars!

This is the bravest thing Winfrey has done since taking on the U.S. beef industry. It is ridiculous to accuse her of being racially motivated. She didn't do this for Jesse Jackson's candidacy in 1988... she didn't do this for Al Sharpton's candidacy in 2004... she didn't do this for Carol Moseley-Braun's candidacy, although Moseley-Braun was also an Illinois politician. Winfrey seems to be particularly smitten with Obama's message. Maybe she really liked his book.

What a better way to show America and the world, that our consitution is not just a bunch of words that flow well together, but it is why freedom and democracy is a god given right, that has to be sometimes enforced by governments. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, without prejudice. This is the time for Barack Obama to be President. In a country, whose government supported and enforced slavery on Obama's people. After 400 years of slavery, 60 years of Jim Crow and the KKK, and only 65 years since the 1965 voting rights act. Yes it is time!!! It is no better time for us to stop saying, I'm a black/African American or Asian American or Latin/Hispanic American. Why does my origins have to preface my Americanism. We are all Americans as is Barack Obama,is an American. Now instead of talking about Mr. Obama's lack of experience, let's talk about Political Longevity (Lifers) I have a problem with lifers, the longer these people are in politics, the more involved they become with big business interest and lobbyist and the good ole politicians network. This is not Haiti where the presidency goes to the next family member, or where a president is impeached but now its ok because my wife is running, it makes me question whose running the government. We have had 16 years of corruption and scandal in the White House. We have a president and family who corrupted the voting process, then used his daddy's influence with the supreme court. For the 1st time we have a president and vice-president who went in as millionaires and come out billionaires. The President and Vice-President have no integrity and lack self-respect and it is time we turn the Government back to the people and not to a name or a perceived legacy. Don't make this about Oprah or this mans color, lets make this about putting the best person in the office whose going to bring dignity, family values and respect back into the White House.

Lets not make this about Oprah. This is not an Oprah/Obama campaign as the MEDIA wants us to see it. For the 1st time in modern history, a black man has a good chance at becoming the president of the most powerful nation in the world. This would dispel most of the negativity about black people that the Media displays on a daily basis. Why are white men afraid of black men. In this country we are the minority, but yet you have many organizations that spend all of their time sprouting hatred towards people of color, of which Mr. Obama is only halve. It is time, after 400 years of slavery, 125 years of JIm Crow, the KKK and government enforced segration and 65 years since the 1965 voting rights act. IT IS TIME!!!!!

Mr. Barack Obama an American!!!!!!!

RE:Oprah's true colors of racial divisiveness may be shining through. Where has she been for the last 25 years as election after election rolls by? Then an African American joins the ranks and she's suddenly all over it, practically in tears, telling us, as only Oprah can do, to "think" (thanks Oprah). And Obama supporters, please spare us the chatter about how this is the first time she has believed in a candidates's platform, etc, etc. etc. She is out there because he's black and this sends the wrong message, particulary as she demands "color blindness" from her viewers day after day. She's clearly not blind to color and that is perhaps the biggest sham of all. But then again, many of us have always known that Oprah, like Obama, is a fraud.


I think whoever wrote this is a fucking racist biatch. Who would write such a rascist reaction just because a black person is running for nominee. Black people are happy because unlike your cracker ass self (or wut the fuck ever you are) we have been put through so much torment even after slavery. We never dreamed of this day that a black person has a chance to become prez and now the dream is relized. So of course we want a black prez but not for racist terms. We want to send a message to everyone putting us down that any1 can be a leader not just white people! So yu bitch who thinks Oprah racist yur the fucking ass racist

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