The Washington Times - December 8, 2007, 04:37PM

\ 4:55 p.m.: Winfrey also made subtle mention of Obama’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, without using Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name. “There are those who say that Barack Obama should wait his turn, that he should take a gradual approach to presidential leadership,” Winfrey said. “But none of us is God, we don’t know what the future holds.”\

\ She closed as she introduced the senator:\


\ “I’m here to tell you Iowa, he is the one. Barack Obama!”\

\ 4:50 p.m.: One of Winfrey’s biggest applause lines was one of Obama’s most common — reminding voters that he opposed the war back in 2002. “Long before it was … popular … He stood with clarity and conviction against this war in Iraq.”\ \ \ 4:48: Winfrey said she would “challenge” the Iowans here to think about the importance of “wisdom won from years of serving people outside the walls of Washington, D.C.” She equated political experience with parenting, saying, “Every good parent in here knows it is not the amount of time that you spend with your children, but the quality of that time.”\

\ “Experience in the hallways of government isn’t as important to me as experience on the pathways of life,” she said.\ \ \ 4:44 p.m. ET: “I am so tired of politics as usual,” she said. “That’s why you seldom see politicians on my show because I only have an hour.”\ \ \ 4:40 p.m. ET: “Let’s dream America anew again by supporting Barack Obama,” Winfrey said, after admitting she was nervous. “We need Barack Obama.”\ \ \ “The first lady of television,” as Michelle Obama introduced Oprah Winfrey a moment ago, says Sen. Barack Obama has a new vision for America.\ \ \ “I came here because I deeply believe in America,” she said.\ \ \ “Iowa, oh my goodness,” she said. “At last, I’m here.”\ \ \ “I care about his country,” she said, to cheers from the thousands. “You have to care about this country to come out in this kind of weather. You love America, I can see that you do.”\ \ \ Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times