Wednesday, December 12, 2007


THE OPRAH FACTOR. IS IT A FACTOR?


What do you think of Oprah stumping for Obama? Is a meeting of the "O's going to make you run to the pOlls?" What IS it about her ability to morph her accent to the crowd at will that drives me so batty? Oprah interviews Tom Hanks and she's all midwestern, neutral Chicago accent. For Obama she sounds like Reverand Al. I find it disingenuous. But I'm not a big Oprah fan. I don't dislike her. I love that she gave Jenny McCarthy an hour on her show. I appreciate her climb to success. She seems to be a wonderful, philanthropic woman.

If you're an Oprah gal or guy (are there any?) can she sway your vote from N"O" to Yes?

23 comments:

Stephen Parrish said...

I like Obama. A lot. But Oprah's endorsement doesn't have any influence on me. (Neither does her endorsement of books make me want to read them.)

Having said that, if I had her media muscle, I'd use it too.

Michelle O'Neil said...

I love Oprah. I like Obama.

You're just jealous because no matter where you go, you can't shake your New England accent.

My husband's accent changes with the wind. I can tell who he's working with by his "accent" when I talk to him on the phone. It's especially charming when he's working with the guy from Texas. Yee-haw!

Kimbally in CT said...

LOL! I don't have a problem with Oprah - but she can't sway me one way or another. I really don't listen to Oprah. Or Dr. Phil. Or Ellen. Or Merv Griffin. Or.... I do struggle with her over the top preacher-like style when she gushes about Onama. It rings false to me. Is that wicked haaaad to undastand? :)

amanda said...

Ah, now my voice might be the same but what comes out of my mouth has changed since we moved.

Emily said...

No accent from me...just a tendency to talk like a longshoreman. I like Oprah, but the accent is bugging the crap out of me, too.

Anonymous said...

she is just way too full of herself. I never watch her. I could care less what she says or what/who she endorses. she wipes her butt with charmin just like we do.

ks said...

No, no. She uses Hermes scarves.....

~Miss Nelson said...

Oprah is not God... People need to make their own minds up regardless of who endorses Obama, Clinton, or whoever.

Steve said...

She won't sway my vote, although I can't think of anybody's opinion that would. I'm looking forward, though, to seeing her effect on the primaries, this will be one of the grandest experiments in politics we've seen in some time.

Tammie said...

I'm a Republican, so nope.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Hold up.

Oprah's not God?

Huh?

I suppose there is no Santa too.

Kim Stagliano said...

OK, Tammie. Fair enough. Bill "O" (another O!) endorses Romney/Huckabee/McCain/Guliani. You biting? Can a "celeb/media star" sway you.

Anonymous said...

I resent the fact that media stars are even involved-they will not be in office-so why the hell do i care what they think? they are one vote-just like the rest of us. I like to think the politicians can bring in their votere based on whatthey say-not their celebutants.

Tammie said...

:o) Hmmmm, Bill O might sway me, if he presents information on candidates that's one thing but if he gives an endorsement, I'll still draw my own conclusion but will it sway me? Nah - okay maybe a little.

Whew - I said it without using the "Shut Up and Sing" statement - oops, damn!

:o)

dallasgirl said...

Tammie - I'm so disappointed! I thought *I* was the token Republican here!!!

Kim Stagliano said...

No, my sister drops in from time to time. :) Oh yes, and here's a shocker. For one election cycle I too had an R near my name. Yes. I. Did. I really an independent. Omnipolitical. I don't swing with the neighbors, but I do swing vote! I vote for the candidate I think will do the best job, regardless of party. I eally have to epo t that ecently the e haven't been a lot of 's though.

;)

Oprah's Things said...

It will be interesting to see what Impact Oprah will have in politics. It is an election unlike any other!

Tammie said...

dallasgirl - Come on we gotta stick together :o)

Carrie Wilson Link said...

It won't affect my vote, but it will affect many people that don't inform themselves, but trust Oprah. I think it's a powerful endorsement.

BTW, I'm omnipolitical too, as well as omnireligious. More Os.

dallasgirl said...

You got it Tammie!

Lyssa on LI said...

Oprah, well, she's okay. Obama? Him too. However, I think it's going to take a whole lot more than a new president to fix what's wrong with our country... JMO!

Stacy said...

I am very un-fond of Oprah, I find her to be consistently disingenuous, but I am very fond of Obama, and I will vote for him anyway, even if he went the O route.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled on this post. I'll be glad to tell you what I think of Oprah. She's a racist. big time. She had her DNA tested (doesn't everybody?) and she was PROUD to announce (yes, proud!) that she has no "white" DNA. That annoys me no end. I am mixed race myself and I am proud of all my ancestry. I don't want to rain on her little racist parade or anything, but WE ARE ALL RELATED! WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND IF YOU GO FAR BACK ENOUGH, WE COME FROM THE SAME GENE POOL! What exactly does she like about Obama, other than the fact that he chooses to represent himself as a black man? Obama is mixed, too, but he doesn't care to bring much attention to the fact that his mom is white. She obviously thinks all people of color tahk lahk dees, ya unndestan? Are ya feelin' me? Barf. and barf again. Such a phony.
-Jenny, from the 'burbs (and proud of it)