Oprah Thanks Silicon Valley's “Mr. Man” For Election Night Shoulder

South Bay man in right place at right time to get famous

Becoming an instant election celebrity can be a burden — just ask Joe the Plumber — but "Mr. Man" is apparently ready to shoulder it.

The man whose shoulder Oprah Winfrey cried on during an Election Day rally in Chicago appeared with Winfrey Friday on a live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." 

Oprah gave Sam Perry a big hug and thanked him for lending a stranger his shoulder.

Perry said his Blackberry immediately began getting calls from friends from around the world wanting him to know that he was on television next to the famous talk show host.   He told Winfrey his pocket was buzzing throughout Obama's acceptance speech. 

Earlier this week, colleagues identified Perry, a Barack Obama campaign worker from the Bay Area. Co-worker Karen Wark said Perry worked at the Silicon Valley for Obama office.

Dozens of people attending a Bay Area Democratic election night party in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View recognized Perry during the live broadcast.

Winfrey thanked the guy on Wednesday she called "Mr. Man" for letting her cry on his shoulder, while noting she had not met him prior to Tuesday night.  She said she wouldn't be able to pick him out of a line up.

Perry told Winfrey that reporters were camped out at his house this week, but that she was his first interview.  He seemed to enjoy is 15 minutes of fame.

Winfrey had offered to pay for Perry's dry cleaning because she said she was sure she had left mascara stains through her tears.  Perry said that would not be necessary.  He wore the same jacket on the show and said it had no stains.

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