By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
President Obama found a huge supporter in media queen Oprah Winfrey after he announced he would be running for president for the first time, and the former talk show host risked a lot when she endorsed him and dabbled into politics. Some say Oprah’s support is one of the main reasons Obama was able to beat out Hillary Clinton in the primaries and she expressed her happiness through tears after it was confirmed that Obama has won the election in 2008 against Senator John McCain. However, Oprah didn’t really seem to rally behind Obama as he ran for a second term against Governor Mitt Romney and rumors suggested it was because a rift between the Obamas and Oprah took place behind the scenes. However, Oprah says she was just too busy to get involved in politics again.
The New York Post is reporting that Obama’s Senior Advisor Valeria Jarrett phoned Oprah and several others to come to the White House to discuss a way to positively promote ObamaCare last summer, but the President was shocked when she turned down the offer. A source close to the publication says:
“All of Oprah’s top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes. But Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go. It wasn’t like she had to think it over. It was an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no.”
It’s been rumored that Oprah is at odds with the Obamas because she was told she would able to get regular briefings on initiatives the President would be enforcing and even a heads up on programs if he won the 2008 election. She would in turn use this information for her cable channel, OWN. But when that didn’t happen, reportedly Oprah began to feel like she was being stiffed by the President and the First Lady. The publication even claims she tried to contact Valeria Jarrett about the issue with no success, and she realized that the Obamas had no intention of keeping their word.
Interestingly enough, a friend of Oprah says her issue is even deeper with Michelle Obama:
“For her part, Oprah doesn’t like being with Michelle, because the first lady is constantly one-upping the president and anybody else around her. Oprah has struck back by banning the Obamas from her O, The Oprah Magazine . . . It probably hurts Oprah more than Obama, who, if he had his head screwed on straight, would have flown to California and begged Oprah to help him save ObamaCare.”
The friend goes on to say that Oprah is “hurt” by how things have turned out with the Obamas, and they expect her to hold a grudge considering she feels she was taken advantage of. Meanwhile, Oprah’s camp is denying that she is at odds with the Obamas.