Entries in Oprah Winfrey (2)


Oprah Backs Obama but 'Not Going to Be Out There'

Discovery Communications, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey said Monday that while she is “not going to be out there” as a booster for President Obama during the 2012 general election campaign, her support has not dimmed.

“I’m 100 percent behind our president. I actually love our president, and have the utmost respect for him and that office and what it takes to be there,” Winfrey told Charlie Rose on CBS’ This Morning.

“I will not be out there because I’m trying to fix a network,” she said.

OWN, Winfrey’s cable network, has struggled to build an audience since it launched in January 2011 and recently laid off 30 employees, which  she said was  “difficult” to bear.

Winfrey was a leading celebrity supporter of Obama during the 2008 campaign as she traveled the country stumping on Obama’s behalf and helping to raise cash at a series of star-studded fundraisers.

Earlier this year, the former talk-show host and media icon said in an interview with CNN that “if he [Obama] or his office called me tomorrow and said that they needed me, I would do whatever I thought would be of service.”

For now, that service appears limited to financial support. Oprah appeared last month at an intimate, high-dollar fundraiser for Obama’s re-election effort at the Atlanta home of actor-producer Tyler Perry. Tickets for the event were $35,800 per person.  Winfrey was joined by longtime friend Gayle King, who is also a co-host of CBS’s morning program.

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President Obama, Hillary Clinton Named Most Admired Americans

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- When asked without prompting to name the living man and woman whom they most admire in the world, more Americans name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than any other figures.

The Gallup rankings, tallied from a nationwide poll conducted earlier this month, show Obama and Clinton each receiving 17 percent of all mentions.  

Clinton tops the list of most admired woman for a record 16th time, trailed by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice.

Obama won the title of most admired man for the fourth consecutive year, followed by George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the Rev. Billy Graham, and Warren Buffett.

The lists, which Gallup has compiled nearly every year since 1948, are a mix of popular, high-profile leaders in politics, business, charitable causes, and entertainment.

Of particular note this year, according to Gallup, are newcomers to the men’s list: Buffett and Thomas Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"It is common for the president of the Mormon Church to receive mentions, but Monson is the first to make the top 10," Gallup managing editor Jeffrey Jones wrote on its blog.

On the women’s list, Sarah Palin fell from her second-place slot, which she has held since 2008, to fourth place.  

Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are the only two Republican presidential candidates to make the lists.

Bachmann holds the ninth-place slot, with two percent of mentions as most admired woman, tied with Queen Elizabeth II.

Gingrich is tied for sixth place with Donald Trump, with one percent, barely above Pope Benedict XVI, Bill Gates, and Monson for most admired man.

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