Dec 27, 2010

On how thinking about Michael Jackson made her relax about takinga risk with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN):
"I was moving forward--we were planning shows, doing deals, creating programming, signing uppeople. But still I would wake up clutching my chest, like, Omigod. When I looked at it in terms ofthe vastness of what needed to be accomplished I would start feeling overwhelmed by it.
And then I read this article about Michael Jackson in the July edition of Vanity Fair, andthe author of that article spoke to his friends and said, 'The mistake that Michael Jackson made isthat he didn't recognize that Thriller was a phenomenon and he spent the rest of his life trying tochase the phenomenon.'

"I went, That's what I've been doing. I've been thinking that if I don't match what I'vealready done then I'm a failure. And I thought, I don't want to be Michael Jackson. This articlespecifically said that after Thriller, which sold over 100 million albums and is still thehighest-selling album of all time, when he then did Bad, which sold 20 million albums, he felt likea failure. Anybody today would bow down in prayer for 20 million.

"I didn't want to be that person who's been given this great opportunity of a network andthinking, but how am I going to make it what the Oprah Show has been for 25 years? What I recognizeis that it took me at least 10 solid years to build [that show]."

On being a "brand":
"I hate the word brand, but now I have succumbed to the fact that I guess I am one.
On Sarah Palin:
"I don't know her so I can't speak to [whether or not she'll be a candidate]. But I would saythat America's going to fall in love with her from [her reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska]. WhenI saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'"

Asked whether the thought of Palin's running for office scaresher, Oprah said:
 "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."
Can I ask about President Obama? Are you concerned, disappointed?
No. I think that no one understands until you've been in that seat the enormous pressure toplease and satisfy everybody. And I think instead of being grateful for where we are and what hehas done, we've forgotten that we were on the brink of  a depression when he took over thisoffice. And as everybody celebrates the holiday season and sits around with their families,regardless of your circumstance, we could've had breadlines. How soon we forget that.

And you would support him again?



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