In dire economic times like these, everyone needs a hero, and Detroit's automakers are no exception. So, who better to anoint as a savior than the Queen of All Media herself, Oprah Winfrey? The popular talk show host/book club guru/magazine publisher/philanthropist/bazillionaire has been tapped to champion America's struggling domestic auto industry by none other than President Obama Detroit Free Press columnist Carol Cain.

And why not? Winfrey has a fiercely loyal fan base and unassailable credentials as one of America's few wholly trusted celebrities. What's more, she's even got prior experience promoting the domestic auto industry, as back in 2004, she gave away a fleet of new Pontiac G6s to all 276 members of her studio audience.

Alright, so nobody seems to know what Oprah drives (or more likely, what she is driven in), or whether she is really in-tune with the idea of saving the domestic auto industry in the first place. But we know that Oprah still considers her Pontiac giveaway to be one of her show's finest-ever moments, and she's all about people-helping-people, so perhaps there's some latent goodwill within Harpo's offices that is ripe for exploitation. Besides, we can't let such trivialities get in the way of her ascendancy, can we?

[Source: Detroit Free Press]