With cries of "Run Oprah Run" filling the air, the talk-show icon and Earth Mother addressed thousands of her adoring fans over the weekend - during her official public celebrity endorsement of fellow African-American and Presidential contender - Barack Obama.
"I've been in the pew of television for what seems like a long time...For the first time I'm stepping out of my pew because I've been inspired...to believe that a new vision is possible for America."
Throwing her full weight behind the Democratic contender, the Big O embraced her Southern roots, sounding like a preacher as she beseeched her fellow Americans to "make a difference in this world by voting for Barack Obama".
The "Oprah Effect" had political pundits and pollsters alike, closely watching for any roller-coaster turns on whether her appeal could influence Barack Obama's campaign over the other campaign's celebrity endorsements.
But, in a surprising turn, 3 separate polls taken last night had Ms. Winfrey leading Hillary Clinton by double digits in Iowa, New Hampshire and S. Carolina.
The biggest change was in the Undecided category where 98% of voters indicated they would vote for Oprah. When factored in with the question "Would you vote for Oprah if she ran" results showed Ms. Winfrey leading Hillary Clinton 67%-44%; 69%-48% and 79%-59%.
In Iowa, Maybelline Follower, a firm "undecided' until recently said "I came to see what Oprah had to say about Obama and I was fully convinced. Oprah has influenced ma life in every way, in how I think, what I read; what I eat, what I buy. If I'm feeling down I just plug in one of my taped Oprah shows and she lifts me up. I think she would be a perfect Black female President and that's why I plan to vote for her. Who needs Hillary or Obama - when you can get both in Oprah".
There was no comment from Ms. Winfrey's side although a well-placed anonymous source stated that "It would appear that Ms. Winfrey is seriously considering a run for the White House. After all it was not too late for Fred Thompson to throw his hat into the ring and she has better numbers on her side".