Oprah is a global brand, so when she went public with her campaign to support Barack Obama it was part of our news cycle.
But we haven’t seen much follow-up on what it means for the Democrats and impact on the African American vote as they primaries beckon.
For those taking an interest in US politics it’s not as simple as experience versus aspiration but it does reinforce how much about politics is a leap of faith.
This opinion from the Washington Post helped place Oprah’s presentation in a wider context:
Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy — especially for many African American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.
Oprah Winfrey, as is her wont, cut to the heart of the matter. Campaigning on Obama’s behalf this weekend, she echoed the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in offering permission to believe… [read on]