The Washington Post reported:
In a Nov. 21, 2008, conversation, Blagojevich makes clear that he seriously considered offering the job to Oprah Winfrey. His chief of staff, John Harris, calls the idea “crazy” and says, “So . . . you’re trying to shed some grace on thee by picking her?”
“What do you mean?” Blagojevich asks.
“Meaning,” Harris replies, “isn’t it just simply you’re looking for a celebrity to be your friend?”
“No, not at all,” Blagojevich continues. “This one, she’s so up there, so high, that nobody can assail this pick. This would be huge.”