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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:18 PM
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Where in the HELL is Oprah during this heathcare reform crisis!
I was catching up on Rachel Maddow from last week and she had Bill Maher as a guest.

He was lamenting the fact that healthcare was being overshadowed by nutzo gun toting teabaggers and by Obama's White House's apparent weakness.

He asked, "Where's Oprah?"

That's what I want to know. She basically introduced Obama to America. She pushed for this. Now what?

Why isn't she using her power to fight this cause?

Is she just back to bashing "men who can't commit?" Is she afraid to piss off her insurance and big pharma sponsors?

Where in the HELL is Oprah!



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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:20 PM
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1. In Oz.
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 07:23 PM by Dover






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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:21 PM
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3. You know, I thought Oz would be in her...
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akbacchus_BC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:55 PM
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56. That was funny! I get the feeling that Dr. Oz is a repug and always
wondered why him of all people he is constantly on her show. Having said that, Oprah doesn't seem like a political figure and am not too sure if she can have a show right now, most of her shows are reruns. The new season starts in the fall, well after Congress meets.

I do recall that she once had a very wealthy couple who lived very frugally, almost on the streets (I may be wrong), on her show and if their experience was not enough to get health care reform, I have no idea what it will take. That interview was during the Bush years.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:21 PM
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2. "Recess"? nt
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:22 PM
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4. once burned twice shy - she spoke out about tainted beef on a show
and ended up doing to court. That is when she met "Dr. Phil" who
gave her training and advice.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:29 PM
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8. Dr. Phil is a crime against humanity.
He and his discoverer should both be sent to The Hague.
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WorseBeforeBetter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:17 AM
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35. ...
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:46 AM
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49. I don't know if I would take it that far,
but I agree with your basic premise.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:53 AM
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50. OK, no Hague.
Caning, maybe?
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:22 PM
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5. She's got good insurance. n/t
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:22 PM
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6. Who cares where
Oprah is. She's a fucking talk show host.
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:29 PM
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9. Hear! Hear! Huzaaaa! Huzaaaa! Hip Hip Hooray!!! She's a talk show host and NOTHING more.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:15 AM
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65. If you don't think Oprah was instrumental in getting Obama elected, you are wearing blinders. nt
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:35 PM
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10. I am far from a fan of hers, but she put herself out there last year. Where is she now?
She's a phony. Period.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:51 PM
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30. And Rush Limbaugh is just a radio talk show host.
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 10:53 PM by progressoid
Don't underestimate their impact
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:04 PM
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32. Agreed n/t
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:14 PM
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33. She's also a talk show host who can mention a product she likes,
and that item sells out the next day. She praises a book, and it becomes a best seller.
Couldn't hurt.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:23 PM
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7. Yeah, let's blame Oprah..
Why don't you ask her?

Scroll down..
https://www.oprah.com/plugform.jsp?plugId=220
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:37 PM
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12. Where did I blame Oprah?
She has nothing to do with this.

That's the point.

She was out there last year when it was getting her ratings.

Now what?

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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:35 PM
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11. As a rule Oprah avoids taking any political positions
endorsing Obama was the big exception. I suppose the wrong postion might cut into her empire.

If Phil Donahue still had his original talk show (not the short lived one on MSNBC) he would have done some good shows on health care. And I'd be he would have supported Medicare for All.

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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:38 PM
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13. Then she should have Never gotten into it.
To Hell with her "rules."


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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:15 AM
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40. She has been perfectly willing to join humanitarian causes in the past.
I expect her to speak up.
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Raine1967 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:19 AM
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45. Personally-- Health Care shouldn't be political...
But well, we have what we have. Oprah SHOULD so a show on the underinsured in America.
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Cass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:33 PM
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55. I still miss the orginal Phil Donahue show.
I cried when they took that show off the air and I keep hoping he will be back on TV again.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:15 PM
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14. Insured men are really dominating the debate. nt
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:31 PM
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15. she's busy making money off the miseries of other people lol nt
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:33 PM
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16. Hanging with Deepak Chopra or Eckhart Tole getting her new age healing on
And enjoying her rich life. Why should she worry her beautiful mind over the plight of the uninsured?

IMHO she is immoral if she doesn't use her clout to help the cause. Otherwise, she's an empty suit.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:07 PM
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17. Oprah is NOT the one we've been waiting for ........
.... and she did NOT introduce Obama to America. ;)
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:12 PM
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18. Having another fight with her boyfriend????? That is what it said at the cash register at the
grocery store!!..sorry I had to wait a long time ..people were stocking up for the storm that never came !!
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:14 PM
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19. I'd have the White House folks arrange a Ted Kennedy interview,
from the compound, with Oprah.

It would reach gazillions of voters.

It would be very persuasive.

Oprah's a star and then some. Senator Kennedy is the health care lion.

Somebody should make this happen.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:16 PM
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20. She's probably hiding out at a weight reduction clinic.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:19 PM
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21. She's out shopping for $10,000 handbags. n/t
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:25 PM
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22. It would not hurt if she had a special show on health care. nt
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:26 PM
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23. Agree. And it would likely help. A lot.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:28 PM
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24. Can you give it a rec? I just did +4 ..one more to greatest... thx. nt
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:30 PM
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25. Done.
:thumbsup:
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:33 PM
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26. thanks :) ..and another kick for the OP . We could use you Oprah! nt
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 09:44 PM by wroberts189
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:04 AM
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37. How about a week worth of shows?
Flex that muscle you used to start this Oprah.
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wildflower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:27 PM
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27. The Obama team felt she hurt them (him)
Last year when she came out to support him. If I remember correctly from Richard Wolffe's book.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:34 PM
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28. Posing for the cover of her magazine. nm
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:38 PM
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29. I wish she'd talk about her low thyroid and obesity.
There are 20 or 30 million of us out there that are waiting for a major public figure to talk about hypothyroidism. They never talk about it in the media, but every other disease gets their time in the spotlight.
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:57 PM
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31. plotting how to best murder Kathy Griffin
I would imagine
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 07:15 AM
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36. If we have to depend on Oprah
to help get out the word on health care reform , we are truly fucked.
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comtec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:22 AM
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47. Yes we are!
and that's teh point.
Sadly... only Oprah can reach the redneak birthers that are going nuts.

Believe me they are buying her bullshit.

The GoP wins so often because they know how to frame the message no matter how utterly fucked up it is... and people buy it.

If oprah got off her considerable ass and did something useful with her toxic show for once... I think we just might win... but remember Oprah is the most powerful woman on TV for a good reason and it has nothing to do with morals.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:10 AM
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38. WTF? Oprah?
If that's the saving grace of health care, then all is lost. She's a freaking talk show host, next are we going to demand Tyra Banks start speaking up as well? :eyes:
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:14 AM
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39. America listens to celebrities.
When Oprah allows the lies to stand, she becomes part of the problem.

She's on TV; she can help or hinder.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:17 AM
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41. You know, when we start demanding that celebrities
stand in for our elected officials it's a sad state of affairs.

If it's Oprah that's needed to pass health care reform, that's a pathetic indictment on our democratic leaders.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:30 AM
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42. Yes, it's a sad state of affairs...
...but the idea that Oprah can save us single-handedly is oversimplification.

I hope that when she is asked what she did in the health-care wars, she has a substantive answer.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:13 AM
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43. She sold Obama to many.
Time for her to stop counting her money and step up.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:14 AM
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44. Oprah?? Who cares where she is ?
She's as much a part of the idiocracy as FOX is.
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:20 AM
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46. She made it clear that she wouldn't be taking a large role
When she endorsed Obama, she said that she wouldn't be taking a large role in politics and she has kept her word.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 11:39 AM
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51. Oh, what a good citizen she is.
Because she kept her word.

She got what she wanted for herself. She's done.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:19 AM
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66. Yep-it was ALL about Oprah-screw the rest of us. nt
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Liberation Angel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:29 AM
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48. And where he Hell is Obama? In Martha's Vineyard?
This pisses me off so much.

with the shit hitting the fan he runs to Bill Clinton's waspy watering hole and makes all of us sweat this out?

see my post here:

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:04 PM
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53. Well, at least he isn't spending half his Presidency at a defunct pig farm...
...while airliners are crashing into skyscrapers.
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:57 PM
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54. Your logic is amazing
He won't be like Bush, he will be working while on vacation. Martha's Vineyard also has an historic African American population and they are not all elites.

I see why we can't sustain any progress we make. We love to whine and complain.

Amazing........
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 11:49 AM
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52. Good thought. She could have him on now as well as before the election
And do a show on health care and people who didn't get it and the consequences.

Granted she is not required too, but she could.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:03 PM
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57. How fucked is this country when we're waiting for Oprah to do something?
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:09 PM
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58. WWOD?
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:12 PM
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59. It doesn't say much for us a country when we need pep talks from tv hosts to do what's right.
I do understand her influence, I just think it's sad that it's come to this. x(
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:17 PM
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60. But she has a mystical bond with The Leader. n/t
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:51 PM
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63. Very? nt
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:19 PM
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61. AND WHERE IS RICKI LAKE???
.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:28 PM
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62. Only Sally Jessy can save us now!
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:14 AM
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64. I've been saying Where the Hell is Oprah for awhile now myself.
It's disappointing as hell, but mark my word, she will not speak ONE word against Obama.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:58 AM
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68. I'm not looking for her to speak against Obama, but to support his efforts.
She won't even do that.

Oprah got hers. She's done.
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barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:32 AM
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67. Show on free clinics like the one in LA, she did katrina stuff 4 a yr
I mean the free clinic like doctors without borders who normally do 3rd world countries but did the USA because we're so desperate a week or 2 ago. She could do a show on that--non political just FYI or expose
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:50 PM
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69. She's an entertainer. She endorsed Obama. She's not a politician or spokesperson for issues.
But since you asked, she's having dinner with the Obamas in Martha's Vineyard this week. :)
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