Friday, December 29, 2006

Obama presidential announcement on Oprah Show?

Obama mania has taken hold in the senator's native Hawaii. Yesterday a group of Hawaiians held a press conference urging the Illinois Democrat to run for president.

Among those who took part was Congressman Neil Abercrombie.

From the Honolulu Advertiser:

If Hawaii-born Sen. Barack Obama decides to seek the Democratic Party nomination for president, he will likely make the announcement soon on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," according to U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii.

He said Obama had indicated during an earlier appearance with Winfrey that he would be announce his candidacy on the program if he decides to run in 2008.

"If that takes place, it will be the most-watched daytime television show in American history," said Abercrombie, who held a press conference yesterday with a small group of other Hawaii-based Obama supporters to urge that he join the race.

Abercrombie said he had spoken with Obama during his visit here but was not in daily contact with him, and that Obama's supporters had made it a point not to pester him.

Well, there's a precedent. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his political intentions on the Tonight Show a few years ago.

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