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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich considered talk-show star Oprah Winfrey a very influential celebrity who had a key role in putting Barack Obama in the White House, according to an FBI tape played Monday during Mr. Blagojevich's corruption trial.

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich considered talk-show star Oprah Winfrey a very influential celebrity who had a key role in putting Barack Obama in the White House, according to an FBI tape played Monday during Mr. Blagojevich's corruption trial.

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