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Another Big Event to Seek Out on Jan. 20

(AP Photo/MJ Schear)

Forget about Michelle's gown or how to get a swearing-in ticket. The looming question about Inauguration 2009: What's Oprah planning?

The multimedia queen hinted early on that she'll come to Washington for the big event: In a radio interview on the morning of Election Day, she declared that she had already bought her dress. But you don't expect Ms. Winfrey to be just another flag-waver on the parade route, do you?

Sources involved in the process tell us that Winfrey hopes to broadcast three shows from D.C. during inaugural week and that she has reached out to the Kennedy Center for discussions about possibly hosting one there. Neither the KenCen nor Harpo Productions would comment.

Also, event planners who say they're working for her have been making calls around town seeking a ballroom or other site to host a big party. That's the one you want to crash.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 20, 2008; 1:04 AM ET
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Oprah has become a type of American icon, not only for women of color, but for women who have experienced horrific things in their lives. I have watched on and off for 20 years and was tuned in when she had her on air epiphany regarding her childhood traumas and the affect it had her on her life. For this woman to now have so much influence on the democratic party's nomination and this election, regardless if the man has a darker hue to his skin then others, is alarming. If politics has turned into what big media guru will back you and throw money at your campaign then why are the normal citizens of this country even going to the polls or supporting this media blitz? I've lost respect for these type of women who use their climb out of childhood traumas to inflict harm on others by shoving their wealth and support of these type of people down our throats. It is time to turn the channel and move on, someone should investigate why that African school for girls was targeted and those girls exploited. There really are consequences to these people's actions regardless how good intentioned they try to make it look for the camera.

Posted by: formerheap | November 20, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

What is the real reason that formerheap said those things about Oprah? Obviously not a fan of Oprah or Obama.

Posted by: cynthialane1 | November 20, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Oprah is not the real reason that Obama won, people aren't stupid enough to follow other's, even though some people wish we did. He was the better man now lets just see where his presidency leads this country or will it be the same thing as usual.
What about the 'sheep' who follow other politicians and religious zealots?
I want to attend her Ball and if she does a show I want to be in the audience.

Posted by: msvon60 | November 23, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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