Here is the video of Oprah Winfrey’s entire speech from the Barack Obama campaign rally today in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s in 2 parts from YouTube:
Here’s a news report from Breitbart:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Oprah Winfrey said worry about the direction of her country and a personal belief in Barack Obama’s ability to lead it pushed her to make her first endorsement in a presidential campaign, support with incalculable value in a tight race for the Democratic nomination.
Winfrey said she felt nervous and “out of my pew” as she addressed a gathering hall packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the largest gathering of Iowans in the campaign this year. But she did not hide her political convictions, making an argument for change from the Bush administration other than another Clinton in the White House.
The talk show queen did not mention the current president or Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton by name, but was not subtle about her feelings for Clinton’s argument that Obama doesn’t have the experience to be president when she voted to authorize the war in Iraq.
I thought she came off very, very strong in support of Obama. Not just like, “hey, vote for Obama”. More like, “if you vote for anyone but Obama the country’s going to hell and a hand basket”.
It may have been that “Damn right she’s nervous”, but she came off very collected, didn’t look all that nervous to me.
She also takes the jab at Hillary pointing out that “experience” from inside Washington is much less important than “experience” outside Washington helping people.
Furthermore, she advocated support for socialized health care and stated her opposition to the war in Iraq by saying Obama was the only one smart enough to not support the war from the beginning.
She said this wasn’t partisan for her, but she sure came off sounding very partisan on many of the issues she mentioned.
Anyone else’s thoughts?
Here, by popular demand, is Barack Obama’s entire speech after Oprah spoke:
There, now I hope everyone is happy.