Combine a culture superstar and a rising Democratic presidential candidate and you get 8, 500 Granite Staters filling the Verizon Wireless Arena.
On Sunday night, television icon Oprah Winfrey urged New Hampshire voters to vote for Barack Obama.
“This is the first time I’ve stood-up for a candidate I belief can change America,” Oprah said.
Oprah defended Obama’s four years in the Senate by comparing the time a politician spends in Washington to the amount of time someone spends with their children. Oprah told the crowd “It’s not about the time you spent with them, it’s about the quality of that time.”
Oprah’s appearance drew rock-star applause and many audience members reacted with chants and yells.
One Obama volunteer remarked, “God I want to be Oprah.” Later, her friend said, “I think Oprah should be Vice-President.”
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch introduced Michelle Obama and said he admired Obama because “of his commitment to the New Hampshire primary.”
Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter were also in audience. Hodes is an Obama national co-chairman, while Shea-Porter has remained neutral.