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This section contains an open letter to Ms. Winfrey from our chairperson, Paul Larsen. It also contains our welcoming letter to new volunteers and all of the newsletters we have sent to volunteers except the latest week.

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An Open Letter to Oprah

The Draft Oprah for President movement is now the talk of the country. The Democrats and Republicans have trotted out the same tiresome "cardboard cut-out" candidates as always. The public, however, yearns for more. Unquestionable honesty, true moral conviction and real compassion are the presidential qualities we would eagerly embrace. Your candidacy will be the most positive and exciting thing to happen in American politics since Abraham Lincoln's election on a third party ticket.

We've come to know you through the media, including the recent book Uncommon Wisdom. Your generosity with your time, money and humanitarian efforts have earned you the admiration of millions worldwide.

Since you have not yet declared your candidacy, we don't know your position on the various hot-button issues of today. However, we know you to be an honorable person of reason and principle and trust you to lead us on a path we can safely follow.

We urge you to accept this historic calling and seek the nomination of the Reform Party. This is the greater destiny that will allow you to truly make the world a better place.

Respectfully,

Paul Larsen --- Temporary Chairperson --- Draft Oprah for President


To this, we can only add that Mr. Larsen has expressed our wishes quite eloquently. We concur wholeheartedly. If you have similar sentiments on the subject, we urge you to submit them (via the
feedback page) for consideration of publication in this area.

Sincerely,

Willy Chaplin --- Webmaster --- The Dream Machine
Gypsy --- co-author How Can You Laugh at a Time Like This?


Welcome to New Volunteers

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

First, welcome to the fold. You are among the first to recognize the exciting possibility of an Oprah Candidacy. If we are successful, we will be joined...soon...by uncounted thousands more! At this stage of our development, there are just a few important things to keep in mind when you wonder "What to do?"

  1. THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL we have at the moment is word-of-mouth. Lacking the formally announced candidacy of Ms. Winfrey, the best way we can convince her that it is time to run is the united voice of thousands of people willing to work toward that end. So, tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your customers, co-workers, colleagues...tell EVERYONE you encounter. Before this draft effort can break-out into the mainstream media (still in control) we have to create a mighty "buzz" of conversation and discussion of the possible Oprah candidacy. Spread the word.

  2. If you haven't already, join the Reform Party in your area and try to attend important meetings, especially those where a vote is taking place. The existing party is fearful that Patrick's Army of volunteers will overwhelm the small numbers now enlisted into the RP and the RP leaders are talking of changing the rather democratic rules of the Party toward more exclusivity. This is exactly WRONG! The proper response is to quickly organize an opposing force with numbers sufficient to counteract any effort by the Buchananites to take over the party. Failing this, the RP DESERVES to become the Buchanan party! We need an Oprah spokesperson at every RP gathering for the next year. YOU can be that person!

  3. The Internet is going to be the force that binds us all together. Thus, urge everyone who is interested to sign up, as you have done, in our Web site. This is to unite us and keep us united. This letter will be followed by many others, on a regular basis, so that you can keep in constant touch with how the effort is going. Within a few weeks, we will start sending specific "marching orders" depending upon your geographical location. This is because the political needs differ from state to state, district to district. For example, the RP isn't even on the ballot in over half the states and each has a different requirement to get on. We Oprah volunteers can and should assist these efforts any way we can. Also, take a moment to post a comment on our bulletin board. We want and need it to become a place where people can argue, cuss and holler about what is being done. Right now, a few of us are providing all the ideas for moving forward. YOU need to become part of that process.

  4. Finally, at each stage of development of this movement, people with particular talents will be needed. For example, right now we need writers (for campaign literature, press releases, Web site content, etc.). We could also use some help developing and maintaining the Web site. If you can help in either of these tasks, say so NOW. Later, people with the social skills to organize in person will be more important, as the campaign heats up.

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #1

Oprah for President
Newsletter #1
Monday, October 4, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

This is the first of a series of regular newsletters. From now on, they will be sent out each Monday morning...at least until Oprah is elected President of the United States of America.

As stated in the introductory letter, what we have going for us at this time is mainly word-of-mouth. What will be important soon, however, is how many actual volunteers have signed up to back Oprah. We would like to have one thousand volunteers, an average of twenty per state, by November 1, 1999. This means that we will have to triple our numbers each week from now until then. That sounds like a lot, but it really means that each of us will have to Convince two other people to sign up each week.

To help you in this task, here are some suggestions. When you first bring up the subject of Oprah for President, people tend to react in one of three ways:

  1. "No way, Josť! She could NEVER be elected!" People who react this way are unlikely to vote for Ms. Winfrey...no matter what...much less volunteer to help her. In our experience (in Minnesota), only about one in five people will react this way.
  2. "What a WONDERFUL idea!" Anybody who says something like this is a GOOD candidate to immediately recruit as an Oprah volunteer. Even if they are not on the Net, see if they will let YOU sign them up (using YOUR email address, so you can print and distribute newsletters to them later). Another fifth of respondents will immediately answer this way.
  3. "Huh? Well, now that you mention it, that IS a pretty good idea!" The majority, about three fifths, will react in this manner. They may not wish to sign up yet, but keep on their case. As the movement grows, so will the likelihood that they can be recruited.

If we are going to convince Ms. Winfrey that it is worth her time to run, then we have to produce NUMBERS. Numbers are the name of the political game, whether it is polling numbers, or those all important vote counts. Until the actual election, we have to be satisfied with our electronic "petition" and work to increase the number of sign-ups as quickly as possible.

Here are some other suggestions for creating "buzz" in your area. Call your local newspapers, radio and TV stations and inform them of the movement to draft Oprah. You can reference the two articles already published on the subject in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune, to get ideas about what to say. They are linked to the "Other Sites" page on our Oprah site at URL:

http://www.dreamagic.com/oprah/other.html

If you succeed in getting an article published or mentioned on a broadcast medium, send us a copy (including audio recordings) so we can put them on the Web.

Another good trick for getting the word out is to position yourself on a freeway exit ramp during afternoon rush hour and hold up a large clearly lettered sign saying "Honk if you like Oprah for President!" This will not only give you a rough idea of local interest, but will plant the notion in the minds of those who haven't considered it.

But, word-of-mouth is still our most vital tool, so TALK IT UP! And, remember that the Internet allows you to spread the word far and wide...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #2

Oprah for President
Newsletter #2
Monday, October 11, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

WOW! A lot has happened in the last week. Our weekly column at URL:

http://www.dreamagic.com/bruce/howcanyou1.html

has a lot of the details, but the short version is that the Draft Oprah for President movement has taken off big time. At the start of the week, both Paul Larsen and Willy Chaplin were deluged with requests for radio and print interviews. By the end of the week, the news had gone national and the Big Boys are starting to seriously discuss it. Meanwhile, we began to get requests for national TV interviews, which we have turned down, on principle. This campaign is about Oprah and America, not about us. Anyway, if this keeps up, we will need a media director just to handle this sort of thing. Any volunteers?

We managed to make our goal this week of tripling the number of volunteers. Keep up the good work, but there is a lot more to be done. Each of you needs to hustle two new volunteers each week until November, when we take our list to Oprah and say "These are the people who say, right NOW, that they will work for your election. Here is where they are located and this is what each has volunteered to do." We hope that this will go a long way to convince her that she SHOULD run and that she CAN win!

However, since the national media have gotten into the act, the crowning moment may come the first time a national polling organization does a face-off between the two S.O.B.s (Son Of a Bush and Somewhat Of a Bore) and Oprah. If Oprah scores as much as 20% in such a poll, she will be a shoo-in for the office. Why? Because, with less than that number, undecided voters will be afraid to "waste" their votes. Our experience with Jesse shows that 20% is the "threshold of seriousness." By the way, Ventura reached that number in the polls just shy of election day...and ended up with 38%.

We still will have to do a lot of organizing. The problem of just getting the Reform Party on the ballot in the thirty states where it currently is not, will require scores of volunteers circulating petitions. Soon we will ask the RP to provide us with a list and the detailed requirements for each state in which the party has still not achieved ballot status and circulate that information to volunteers from those states.

Meanwhile, it is IMPERATIVE that we do not let up in our organizing efforts to produce the army of volunteers necessary to carry off the project ahead. You may notice that we have been continually upgrading the Web site and that people are beginning to post a lot of comments on our bulletin board. As an interesting side issue, two people from Norway have independently volunteered to help! Of course, U.S. law does not allow foreigners to participate in U.S. campaigns, but we posted their comments to the bulletin board for all to see.

Another urgent task is to convince other sites on the Web to cross-link with our Oprah site, to give us a big Web "presence" in addition to our offline "buzz." Unless we can make it easy for willing people to sign-up and to find our site, we will never reach our goal of 1000 volunteers by November 1. If you know of any sites that are relevant and might want to cross-link, sign 'em up or send 'em our way and we will carry out the details.

Remember as you work on Oprah's behalf that you are making history. Those of you who have signed up in these first two weeks are true "revolutionaries." An Oprah administration backed by people like you is going to change the world. And the history we are making is not just footnote-in-the-history-book history, but rather MOUNT RUSHMORE level history! Paul, in an open letter to Oprah at URL:

http://www.dreamagic.com/oprah/issues.html

says this is the most important election since Abraham Lincoln was elected president on the third party Republican ticket in 1860. We do not think he was exaggerating.

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #3

Oprah for President
Newsletter #3
Monday, October 18, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

Well, it's "keep the faith" time for us. Just as the media attention two weeks ago vaulted the Oprah for President story into national prominence, last week's coverage managed to put a huge damper on it. The only notable contact we had with the media last week was with a writer for The Village Voice. She should be publishing it next week and our guess it will be favorable to our cause.

Meanwhile, CNN, ABC, NBC et al keep lumping Oprah with "those other kooks" in the Reform Party, basically dismissing us all as jokes or worse. A very slanted ABC Nightline poll...one that asked "which, if any, of the following candidates would you consider voting for?" and presented the pollee with a list of all possible RP candidates...showed that Oprah has as much support as Ross Perot in the party and MORE than any of the others! Despite this, no mention was made of her, the emphasis being on Buchanan, Trump, Ventura, and others of the male persuasion. The fact that Oprah maintained, in an interview, that she is "not interested" in the presidency and that most people knew this when they were polled, should be taken into account. That is, an announced non-candidate equaled the support of the founder of the party who has made two runs at the presidency!

However, the fact that the media have dismissed her candidacy and that she personally has expressed disinterest means, to most people, that this story has ended. We do NOT agree. Why not?

  1. Our personal contacts tell us that people are still talking about her and still hoping that she changes her mind. We stick by our estimate that 75% of the voting population...including many who do not ordinarily bother to vote...would consider her IF she announces as a SERIOUS candidate. We MUST convince her to at least say "Maybe."

  2. The offline media did not consider Governor Ventura a serious candidate until AFTER HE HAD WON! We CAN not and MUST not rely on those media to advance our cause. Even today, Ventura is talked about as a joke much more often than as a governor. You could (reasonably) conclude that this is entirely his fault, because of his "foot in mouth" disease. But consider: 56% of Minnesotans STILL think he is doing a good job! Why? Because the local media, besides echoing the prevailing national media "buzz," also write about what he is actually accomplishing as governor...which is PLENTY!

  3. To date, because the story moved so quickly from the Web to the attention of the national offline media...causing a very surprised Oprah Winfrey to deny interest...we have barely scratched the surface of our collective power. Our original plan was to accumulate 1000 volunteers by November 1 in order to convince Oprah that the support is there if she wants it. The national media attention gave as a big bump...for a week...but that's over. We MUST start using the POWER OF THE INTERNET.

So that is what we want to remind you of today. For example, the story developed to rapidly for us to take advantage of the search engines. Thus, while CNN was talking about us, viewers could not locate our Web site in Yahoo! or Lycos or the other main search engines, turning away thousands of would-be volunteers. This should be corrected this week. We need your help checking to make sure that the site is being registered and found. If YOU can not find it, neither can anyone else!

One of the key aspects of the Internet is your ability to contact other people quickly all over the country. I'm sure you all have received, from friends, the hottest new office jokes, great sites, etc. This is an example of spontaneous chain-lettering. We need you to do the same thing with your mailing list of friends and acquaintances. You can send them this very letter, with a note explaining what it is and why you are sending it. Web etiquette forbids us doing direct emailing (spamming), but no such restriction applies to you with regards to your friends. Look at the following sequence of numbers.

1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,512,1024

This represents a doubling of the number one 10 times. It is also what COULD happen if you get two other people to sign up, and, within one week, each of them signs up two more, and so on and so on. Then in only ten weeks, your voice will have been multiplied over ONE THOUSAND times! This is the power of the Net we absolutely MUST tap!

The Web is heavily dependent upon cross linking. We need you to locate other sites on the Web which might be interested in linking to the Oprah for President site, to contact those sites, and to ask the webmasters if they would be interested in cross links. Then notify us and we will do the rest.

News groups are still very active on the Internet. If you know of any that have mostly political or election related content, post a note advising people to visit our site. Then, tell us about it.

By all means, write us and tell us YOUR perception of what is going on. What's the talk like in your neighborhood? On your local media? What does Oprah have to do to convince people that she would be a serious candidate? What are YOUR ideas about using the Internet effectively?

Meanwhile, remember that we have only been at this for 21 days and we have already signed up volunteers in 23 states (counting D.C.). There is still over a year until the election and the Reform Party convention won't even take place until next summer. So don't lose heart. We are JUST GETTING STARTED.

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #4

Oprah for President
Newsletter #4
Monday, October 25, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

A nice article appeared in the Village Voice last week, which you can see online at URL:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/9942/ladd.shtml

Unfortunately, it featured Willy Chaplin and his family a bit too much, rather than Ms. Winfrey. However, that brings up an interesting point. One of the reason we have gotten as much media attention as we have is because we are on the Web. The Internet is HOT these days, and we should exploit this medium as much as we possibly can. So, one way YOU can get YOUR name in the paper or on the air...along with some mention of the draft Oprah movement...is to make sure you mention your association with this entirely Web based campaign. The Big Buzz, these days is "Internet." Also, sooner or later, we should post state-based Oprah sites, to account for the differences in ballot access from state to state. So if you are capable of maintaining a Web site, let's get busy. We will assist you in any way we can, up to and including hosting the site.

Also, the count of states from which we have signed up volunteers reached 28 (counting Washington D.C.) last week. Here's the full list: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., Wisconsin. Keep that email coming in!

Also last week, Elizabeth Dole stepped down out of the Republican presidential race. This once again leaves the field, including all political parties, entirely to men...unless, we can convince Ms. Winfrey that she should enter the race. Not that we are fans of Mrs. Dole, but it is disheartening that no women seem to have both the status and the ambition to take the plunge.

Soon a watershed event is going to take place. The Reform Party of Minnesota, led by maverick Governor Jesse Ventura, has its state convention next month. The inside dope is that the MNRP intends to pull out of the national party should it look like Patrick Buchanan is going to get the RP nod. Meanwhile, Governor Ventura is rumored to be leaning toward a Donald Trump endorsement to forestall this eventuality, but we do not feel that Trump is likely to be able to prevail over Patrick's army of volunteers.

Of course, Paul Larsen will be at the convention as a participant and will try to convince the assembled delegates that they should endorse Winfrey, that she is the only candidate with a reasonable chance of winning, but in the absence of an announcement of interest on her part, this is going to be an extremely hard sell.

An alternative would be for Oprah to announce interest in the presidency before that time and solicit the support of Ventura and the MNRP. We are, however, at a loss as to how we might convince her to do this. So, in an effort to build a strategy toward this end, we ask you to TALK TO US on the subject. Email us your ideas. Tell us what people think of the idea in your area. If possible, get as many people as you can to write Oprah and tell her why they think she would make a good president and plead with her to run. And keep on signing up new volunteers. The more names we have in our database by the convention, the easier will be Paul's task. In any case, keep us informed about what you are doing. If you see any media events which mention a possible Winfrey candidacy, tell us about it, including the date, time, media outlet and content of the event, so we can publicize it on the Web. If possible, get us hard copy or a recording and, if it is on the Web, the URL of its location.

In any case, remember that it is still a little more than a year until the 2000 election, so don't lose hope. With Oprah's cooperation, we WILL make history.

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #5

Oprah for President
Newsletter #5
Monday, November 1, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

This will be a short newsletter this week, since nothing much positive happened during the week. Most media attention was concentrated on the announcements of Patrick Buchanan and Donald Trump that they are interested in the Presidential nomination of the Reform Party.

In the absence of any word from Oprah, the number of new volunteers has fallen off to a trickle. It is now about a year until the election, so "conventional wisdom" says that unless Ms. Winfrey "announces" some interest soon, her window of opportunity will have passed.

But, this is indeed a strange election year. Things are so volatile and so subject to change, that we would be silly to give up quite yet. Even if we can not convince Oprah to run for President, there will be pressure for her to accept the Vice Presidential nomination. Elizabeth Dole is on the short list of Republican candidates for the job, Al Gore is undoubtedly looking for a female running mate and Donald Trump has already said that he thinks Oprah should be HIS running mate!

So, we will continue to keep the Oprah for President Web site "live" until at least the first primaries, when things begin to shake out. However, do not be surprised if we are all still at it come next summer...

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #6

Oprah for President
Newsletter #6
Monday, November 8, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

There is bad news this week. For reasons we have been unable to determine, our entry into the major search engines...Lycos, Netscape, Alta Vista, etc....is being blocked somehow. We have registered the Oprah for President site no fewer than FOUR TIMES, the first time on the very day we went live (Sept. 27)! To date, a simple search using the words "Oprah" and "President" will still not produce our site in the first 100 listings, although we have no competition whatsoever. (Try it!) Ordinarily, within a month of going onto the WWW, a site is AUTOMATICALLY added to the search engines. Who or what is behind the apparent boycott is a mystery at this time. If anybody can shed some light on this, we welcome your input.

We have come up with an innovative technique to get around this blockade and for drawing attention to our Draft Oprah for President effort. We have a new Web page at URL:

http://www.dreamagic.com/oprah/dollars.html

which outlines this scheme. We suggest you take a look at it.

However, the concept is simple. Before you spend that next dollar bill (or bills), take a few moments to write...on the white space at the top of the reverse side...the words:

OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT - dreamagic.com

This will not only publicize our efforts, but will also draw other interested parties to our Web site and encourage them to do the same thing!

This technique is in imitation of that used by a new Web site called "Where's George" which uses a similar method to track the movement of currency around the US. This somewhat harmless (and pointless) activity has, to date (Nov. 6, 1999), attracted 64,469 people to "register" 964,990 bills worth $5,647,124.

If we can achieve even a small fraction of this kind of response, people all over the country, who are as yet unaware of any movement to draft Oprah, will be informed and...hopefully...empowered to join us.

At this point, our main task remains to convince Oprah to openly seek the job. Again, a massive response to this "Dollars for Oprah" effort might just make her change her mind from "not interested" to "just maybe." In any case, it will take just a few moments of your time to mark up your dollar bills and you just MIGHT be making history! What do you have to lose?

By the way, if you are worried that marking up US currency is against the law, this is true ONLY IF your defacing renders the bill unusable, so be careful to write only at the top of the reverse side of the bill.

Oh, yes, one other thing. Tell those friends of yours who would like to see Oprah run about this effort. They may not be ready to commit wholeheartedly, as you have, but they may be willing to spend those few seconds it will take to get yet another dollar bill "speaking up" for Oprah!

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #7

Oprah for President
Newsletter #7
Monday, November 15, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

Things were very quiet last week. Our ISP's server was down for part of the week due to "upstream" problems (with MCI/Sprint, who lost one of their lines and took THREE DAYS to repair it!). So, if you had trouble logging on to the site last week, that was the reason and it is supposedly fixed.

Still, many people wrote to say that they were dutifully marking up one dollar bills...we initialed over 250 ourselves...with the Oprah for President message. Also, we are receiving many compliments for this tactic, since it is equivalent to handing out political leaflets which no one will throw away! We think this could become a BIG THING!

Volunteers continue to trickle in, showing that, even with little publicity and no good words from Oprah, the support is still out there. Traffic analysis at our site shows that one out of every twenty visitors is becoming a volunteer! This is an incredibly high ratio, so don't give up your hopes quite yet. You got friends out there...

The plan, from the very beginning, was to show both Oprah and the Reform Party, by registering a lot of volunteers, that there is a tremendous reserve of support for an Oprah candidacy. We still believe this to be true, since nothing we have seen suggests otherwise. But, from now on to the end of the year...everyone is holding his or her breath until Y2K arrives...we expect things to continue to be quiet. We are also entering the holiday season, beside all the millennial anticipation.

However, once the New Year arrives and no giant catastrophes occur, the major parties will swing their propaganda machines into high gear for the primary season. It is during this period, when all sorts of "traditional" candidates will be tearing one another to pieces...the pots calling the kettles black...it is during this time that they will be especially vulnerable to the appearance of a "non-traditional" candidate who knows the truth from a lie. Stay tuned.

Keep on keepin' on...

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #8

Oprah for President
Newsletter #8
Monday, November 22, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

Our ISP's server is now fully back on line and traffic to our site is beginning to rise once again. The sentiment for Oprah is still strong out there in America, despite her studied indifference to our wishes.

The "Dollars for Oprah" effort continues. We are beginning to hear from people who have run across these marked up bills who wonder what is behind it. It's really quite simple folks. We are using good old fashioned American greenbacks as political leaflets...indeed, leaflets that people do NOT throw away and which circulate freely all over the country. If you haven't marked your dollar bills, do so NOW..before you spend them!

As you can see from the list of states which have yielded volunteers on our home page, we keep slowly adding new people. Last week we welcomed several from Utah. Note that there are relatively few volunteers in the Southern states. Any ideas why and what we can do about it?

When a new volunteer signs up, we had been sending copies of our "Welcome" letter as well as a ll previous newsletters, but the list of attachments was getting unwieldy so, starting this week, we are publishing all previous newsletters at URL:

http://www.dreamagic.com/oprah/issues.html

and we will be directing all new volunteers to this page in the future so they can catch up on what has been happening in our campaign. We are putting a one week delay on publication, so that current volunteers get a chance to digest the current news before we make it public.

As time creeps closer to Y2K, millennial ism is palpable. Soon Network TV will start running Armageddon and other catastrophe special shows to capitalize on this tendency. In truth, however, the amount of panic and trepidation has been minimal...sort of a yawn compared to what was predicted a year ago. Does this mean that humanity is growing up. We think so. In fact, we think the fact that so many of us favor Oprah over "professional" politicians is a sure sign of maturity.

No more LAWYERS! Oprah for President!

Keep on keepin' on...and have a nice Thanksgiving holiday!

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #9

Oprah for President
Newsletter #9
Monday, November 29, 1999

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

It is time to go into hibernation until the start of the new millennium. We, like you, have families that desire our full attention during the coming holiday season.

Not to mention that the world is going to end on New Year's Eve! Just kidding, but who knows? So, given that we are still around, your next newsletter will arrive on January 3, 2000.

Keep marking up those dollar bills for Oprah. Every one you mark is a non-destructible (who destroys money?) political advertisement for our movement.

No more LAWYERS! Oprah for President!

Keep on keepin' on...and have a nice December!

Cordially,
Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #10

Oprah for President
Newsletter #10
Monday, January 3, 2000

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

Well, here we are, alive and well in the new millennium. The world did not end, but the Reform Party is surely having its troubles. The current hassles between the Perot and Ventura factions, with Ventura-Trump and Perot-Buchanan the leading players, is threatening to tear the party apart. This was predictable and is all the more reason for Oprah to step forward as a "unifying" force.

Our main task in January is to get Oprah to change her mind about "not wanting the job" (can you blame her, given her current job?). We need her. The U.S. needs her. The world needs her.

Toward that end, it is time for each of us to write directly to Oprah and tell her why we think she would make a superb president, what her candidacy will mean to our children (especially our daughters), what it will mean to us personally and, especially, why we think she can win.

We are not going to tell you what to write. That is best left up to you. But here are the ways she can be contacted, both by email and by snail mail. We remind you that a HAND-WRITTEN (as opposed to written generated) letter is worth about 150 emails. Here is her address:

Oprah Winfrey
Harpo Productions
P.O. Box 909715
Chicago, IL 60607

By all means, urge anybody you know to send her a letter urging her to run.

If you prefer email, then you must go to URL:

http://www.oprah.com/email-oprah.html

and fill out a form there. We suggest that you write your letter in a word processor or editor, check it for spelling errors, and then copy/paste it into the space provided in that form for the email text. Since the form provided does not support word wrapping, it is difficult to both compose and view your letter if you try to type it directly online.

We think that the impact of an Oprah candidacy on the girls and women of our country (if not the entire world) will be incredible, so please stress this...complete with personal examples...in your letters.

Meanwhile, please continue to mark up those dollar bills. We cannot over-emphasize what wonderful campaign "flyers" that currency makes. People do NOT throw money away!

One other thing. We may be moving our site in the near future, to a more descriptive domain name (OprahforPresident). Meanwhile we have FINALLY made some of the search engines.

Note: Oprah made the list of "most admired women" in the number two slot, after Hillary Clinton.

Stay tuned. This is going to get VERY exciting in the year 2000!

Cordially,

Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)

Newsletter #11

Oprah for President
Newsletter #11
Monday, January 10, 2000

Dear Oprah Volunteer,

Finding the hoopla about the "major" candidates a little boring? Join the crowd!

Nothing so much typifies the Democrat, Republican and Reform circuses is that, except for the latter party, they are producing nothing but yawns. But, the Reform party seems to be suffering from foot-in-mouth disease and has yet to be taken seriously by the media.

So, our main task in January remains to convince Oprah to change her mind about "not wanting the job." Adding to the urgency is this item. A Web site at:

http://www.women.com

conducted a poll of the most outstanding women of the millennium and Oprah scored THIRD behind Indira Ghandi (the first elected woman head of state) and Mother Theresa, but ahead of Joan of Arc! Note that she is the only LIVING person in this list. Note also that she scored AHEAD of Hillary in this poll.

So we still think she can be convinced to run (how can she refuse if enough people tell her she should?) and, more importantly, TO WIN!

Stay tuned. The year 2000 has just begun.

Cordially,

Paul Larsen (Temporary Chairperson)
Willy Chaplin (Webmaster)