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Oprah volunteers for Obama 2012

August 5, 2011 |  9:14 am

Finally, an answer to the question several people have wondered about:

Has-been TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey is ready, willing and able to help reelect her fellow Chicagoan, Barack Obama, to the White House.Oprah winfrey file

The billionaire made an atypical foray into politics back in 2007-08 when she supported and openly campaigned for the Illinois senator.

She helped pack the house at rallies for the newcomer and staged a glittery fundraiser at her Montecito house.

She paid a ratings dip price for her political involvement against Obama's main Democratic competitor, Hillary Clinton. But Oprah was winding down her long-run successful broadcast show by then anyway.

Now, it's dead and she's struggling to breathe energy into her OWN cable network.

About 2012, Winfrey told Politico, "If the campaign needs me, I’m happy to be of service. I’m in his corner for whatever he needs me to do.”

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