Oprah on Obama Win: 'We Did This'

TV host plans special election show today
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2008 9:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Oprah Winfrey began to open up about the election last night in Chicago, and today on her show, she’ll “unleash” her views on Barack Obama’s victory, her website says. “This happened because we did this,” she told Mark Halperin at Obama’s rally. "We did this." The talk-show host kept quiet about the election after some viewers were less than thrilled with her endorsement of the now president-elect.

Asked about her role in an Obama administration, Halperin reports in Time reports, she said she’d “already had a role. My role was to use my voice to introduce him to as many people who didn't know him as possible. I had no agenda.” She said the “defining moment” of the campaign was Jeremiah Wright and Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race. “After he stood in Philadelphia I said, ‘Oh, my God, this is a different kind of leader.’”