Day 26: 30 Days to Peace
Day 27: 30 Days to Peace

The “O” Factor: Oprah Winfrey endorses Barack Obama

The campaign of one junior senator from Illinois to become the next president of the United States of America has been kicked up a notch by the O factor. Yes, Oprah Winfrey's endorsement will have a huge positive impact on Barack Obama's campaign --- but to what extent?

Some will attempt to diminish the O factor but that will not be as easily dismissed as P. Diddy's Vote or Die campaign during the last presidential election. Oprah has constant access to women (and a few men who will admit to watching her show). Oprah has the golden touch --- except for that movie Beloved. The O factor almost guarantees a spot on the best-seller list whether it's a book, fashions or even an automobile.

There is no denying the O factor. She even made more Americans like George W via an appearance on her show --- thank God she won't make that mistake again. Oprah's declared that none of the other presidential candidates will guest on her show. She says it would be hypocritical and she's correct.

Although I don't believe that the majority of Americans will support Obama because he's black, I do believe the Democrats will end up with a Clinton-Obama ticket. Some will genuinely support Hillary because they believe she is the best candidate. Others will not support Obama and cite lack of experience when they're really just racist. Those folks generally make themselves known by their overzealous attempts to prove they're not racist. Even if his mama was white, they're not going to vote for him.

Do I support Obama because he's black? I support Obama because he represents positive change from the status quo. If the truth be told, our old guard of leaders --- Democrat and Republican --- have failed us all --- black and white. It's time for a change and Barack Obama is shaking up the establishment. He's intelligent, charismatic and genuinely cares about people. That's the kind of president this country needs.

There is much at stake with crises in the economy, education, health care and national defense. Americans must become more informed and make an intelligent decision in voting for the next president of the United States.

The up-side in this election? No more George W.