Oprah IDs Mystery Man

Supportive election- night shoulder belonged to Obama campaigner, on the show today
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2008 9:36 AM CST
In this Nov. 4, 2008 file photo, Oprah Winfrey is shown on a screen standing next to Sam Perry, left, at the election night party for President-elect Barack Obama at Grant Park in Chicago.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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(Newser) – The shoulder Oprah Winfrey cried on during Barack Obama’s election-night rally belonged to a mystery man the media mogul has now identified as a top Silicon Valley Obama operative, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sam Perry, a complete stranger before the celebration, will appear on Oprah’s show today. Having endorsed her fellow Chicagoan early and then laid low, she's making up for lost time: Joining Perry will be George Stephanopoulos and Frank Rich.

“Friends around the country called me and said, 'Who is with you?' I go, 'I don't know him,’” Oprah said Wednesday, adding, “Thank you, Mr. Man, for letting me cry on your shoulder.”