CHICAGO (AP) – Forget the girl of YouTube videos. The real Obama girl is doing her part for the candidate. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey plans to hold a Sept. 8 fundraiser for Democratic hopeful Barack Obama at her palatial estate near Santa Barbara, Calif., according to campaign spokesman Dan Pfeiffer.
Obama has raised more than $58 million for his White House bid. Forbes magazine estimates that Winfrey, the Chicago-based host who boasts a lot more, including a magazine, is worth $1.5 billion.
Winfrey is a well-known fan of Obama, calling him “my favorite guy” and “my choice” on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last year before he announced he would run for president.
Yet, when Obama appeared on Oprah’s show last year, Winfrey asked him if he would announce a presidential bid on her program.
“I don’t think I could say no to you,” Obama replied. “Oprah, you’re my girl.”
All I can say is, I will no longer reluctantly agree with people who claim Oprah is non-partisan and just wants to help people. She does a lot of good but Obama is a flaming liberal. She’s got the right to endorse anyone she wants, but I think this hurts her to actually endorse a candidate and to fund raise. A person of her stature, in my opinion, would be better suited to remain bi-partisan.