Oprah and Obama, together again
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The reigning queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, will tape an interview with President Obama in the White House next week, White House sources confirmed.
Winfrey was an early and strong supporter of the president's, first campaigning for him in Iowa in the late fall of 2007 during the run-up to the caucuses and helping him draw a crowd of more than 18,000 to a campaign event in Des Moines. That same weekend, she helped draw more than 29,000 to an event with Obama in Columbia, S.C., in another critical primary state.
Winfrey's endorsement of Obama was her first for a presidential candidate and gave him a boost with female voters in critical geographic areas, according to later research into the "Oprah effect," as he contended against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Winfrey went on appear with California first lady Maria Shriver at an event in advance of the Super Tuesday contests as the primary season dragged on.
Since the election, Winfrey has been less politically active and in recent weeks hosted former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on her show, leading to her highest ratings in two years.
Oprah's close friend Gayle King attended the first White House state dinner Tuesday night, though Winfrey did not attend.
Winfrey has said she will end her iconic talk show at the conclusion of its 25th season in September 2011.
November 25, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency , Media Notes
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