Did Oprah turn down an invitation to help promote Obamacare?

There was a pretty damning article in the New York Post on Sunday that shed some unfriendly light on the relationship between Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. Winfrey, who offered her very vocal and visible support for President Obama during his 2008 run, reportedly turned down an offer from senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to join a handful of other celebrities to meet with the President and discuss how to generate publicity for Obamacare.

“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,” one of Oprah’s closest advisers reportedly told The Post. “But Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go.”

The Post article also discussed the strained relationship between Oprah and Frist Lady Michelle Obama. Following President Obama’s 2012 election win, Oprah reportedly phoned the White House to offer her congratulations. The First Lady suggested a dinner be arranged at the White House, but that dinner never happened.

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“Oprah Winfrey declined the White House invitation for a meeting aimed at helping the President sell his healthcare law,” Glenn said on radio this morning.

“I like that,” Pat said. “She’s obviously opposed to the way this thing is being rolled out. She wants to help people. She sees that it’s hurting people. Good for her.”

“No, no,” Glenn interjected. “Because she feels she has been cut out of their inner circle. Oprah intended to make her unique White House access part of her new network, a source close to Oprah said. There were big plans and a team was put together to come up with proposals that would have been mutually beneficial, but none of that ever happened. Oprah sent notes and representative to talk to Valerie Jarrett but nothing ever came of it. It slowly dawned on Oprah that the President and First Lady had absolutely no intention of keeping their word of bringing her and the network into their confidence.”

While Pat argued that Oprah was instrumental in helping President Obama win his first election, Glenn was less sure of her influence. In Glenn’s mind, the Obama’s were smart to stay away from Oprah and her fledging network, and, in many respects, Oprah was probably better off without their support.

“I don’t think there’s any love lost between the women: Valerie Jarrett, the Mrs., and Oprah. And the women stopped Oprah from coming in,” Glenn said. “I mean, the people who partnered with Oprah Winfrey have got to be on their knees praying and giving thanks that [the White House] access didn’t happen because that would have destroyed that network. I mean Oprah destroyed it pretty much herself. Don’t you think?”

“Well, the relationships with the President hurt her because she was much less partisan before,” Pat agreed. “And then she picked sides. And so, I think she alienated a good deal of her audience.”

“If you overcome these things, and then you are going to Jeremiah Wright’s church, and you are for big government, oppressive government. I don’t understand,” Glenn said. “You didn’t learn your lesson. You went from one abusive relationship to another.”

  • Bonnie Somer

    LOOK OPRAH HAS GOTTEN OFF OF WHAT HER ORIG SHOWS USED TO BE SHE BECAME A SPOKESMAN FOR THIS COMMIE GLOBAL PROGRESSIVE STATIST WHAT HER GOAL WAS WHO CARES I AM GLAD SHE IS GONE

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    It is sad when even the lead priest of Obama cuts and runs from the racist bill of Obamacare. http://youngcons.com/obamas-america-obamacare-spends-taxpayer-dollars-to-match-doctors-patients-along-racial-lines/

  • Anonymous

    These 3 are right. Oprah lost my support when she got into weird spiritualist talk and support of HEWHOSHALLNOTBENAMED.

  • Anonymous

    If she did turn it down, then I respect her for that decision.

  • Anonymous

    Obama has a problem with throwing his own under a bus

  • Robert Starkand

    Johny Carson and the other television hosts of his era adamantly refused to take political stands on issues or politicians. The thinking was that they were there to entertain everybody and they did not want to alienate a portion of the population and prevent these people from enjoying the show. Oprah broke that rule and as a result lost a significant part of her audience. She knew she would, but apparently did not care. She thought her network would be the house organ for Obama? Now wasn’t that silly. Why would her network be the house organ when NBC, CBS and ABC were already there? I think Oprah misread the situation. She thought she had something to do with making Obama successful. She didn’t. I mean, it helped him, but it was not help that he needed.

    As for the radicalism of Michelle Obama, no one seems to remember or play back her inaugural speech when she quoted directly from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” without attribution.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes, one takes a chance to go to bigger things. Oprah was successful with her original show because she involved ALL people. Once she endorsed her support for obama, she alienated many of her followers. She became a political figure instead of remaining an entertainer. She started to dig her own demise. The main media were the PRIME agents for obama’s success, both times.

  • Anonymous

    A quick story for you all ok my x-wife murdered my little new born in the bathtub in 1990 I found my child dead and buried under a bunch hand -me -downs closes in the kids closet it was a week later when the illustrious queen of lets put peoples sad stories on T.V. so we can tear people apart during the worst of worst of times they said we could stay at the Radisson in Chicago come to spill the worst of the worst and they would even feed us this so called sweetheart is not what we thought of her when she was the so called big caring one and all she is Jerry Springer in a self serving life style living on other peoples tragedies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JamesB

    Oprah threw her viewers under the bus for Obama, and once elected Obama and company threw her under the bus. Why did Obama and company throw Oprah under the bus after the election? I have no idea, but my guess is that there was only one big head that was supposed to occupy the Whitehouse!!

    Now I’ll answer the other obvious question: in what way did Oprah throw her viewers under the bus?

    Oprah’s success stemmed (note the past tense) from her ability as a black woman to connect with women of all ages, sizes, walks of life, ethnicities , predilections, etc., that she was smart, kind and gentle, and yet powerful and forceful at the same time, the very definition of grace under pressure.

    She NEVER made race part of the issue of the woman experience. She transcended the stereotypes for race and showed how powerful her gender could be, and then she expected no less of others. She built her network on being “a woman’s woman”.

    Until Obama ran for president that is.

    It caught most of her viewers off-guard when Oprah showed by both word and deed that she was black first, and that she was a woman second, which is the very essence of racism!

    What do you do when you find out your gender idol is racist and identifies with her race more intimately than her gender, yet sold you on the latter? How do you deal with this kind of long-term deception?

    Poof, overnight she loses more than half of her viewership, and the rest are looking at her and asking themselves if they can follow this woman into racism when it seemed she was preaching against it until then.

    Just who is this Oprah, really?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    It is what they all do. blood suckers.

  • Draxx

    She sounds like she wants off the Obummer Titanic before it’s too late…

  • 733336

    Valerie’s, Michelle’s & Oprah’s inflated egos were just too big
    to fit in any rooms. You can judge them by their spending sp(th)ree.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t respect her. Listen to why she stumped for Obama and why she turned down the invitation. Seem Obama used Oprah in 2008 to promote his campaign but she really was only after more CASH in her pockets and access to the Whitehouse. Now that she has found out she will not profit, she is not interested. There is her true values on display.

    She has taught her robots to believe that rich people do not deserve their money, they are not paying their fair share, and that black people cannot be successful in America due to discrimination. Her followers are just not too bright.

  • Anonymous

    Amen to that never get there fill though do they Sam.

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    How long before Oprah gets audited by the IRS?

  • Anonymous

    At least Oprah uses her own money while the other two are feeding off the taxpayers.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Pat on this one. Good for Oprah for standing up to the president. It couldn’t have been an easy thing to do.

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  • moosehaven3

    Most of what you said, ok, I can accept it. I just am not comfortable with the vague attack on her “spirituality” religion. We have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, et al, but what isn’t being said is this: Our choice of religion is so sacrosanct, we have absolutely no right whatsoever to mention or discuss another’s faith. That is strictly between God and each individual. Criticize anything but that!

  • Nicole Hidu

    No, Al Sharpton is a bigger fraud!

  • Cuffs

    I read where Moochie Obama didn’t want Oprah around because
    she was fat and set a bad example for Moochie’s Let’s Move
    campaign. More than likely the two women couldn’t fit in
    one hallway in the White House due to their broad beams.
    Look what happened to Paula Deene when she outed
    Moochie stuffing her face during commercials on the Deene
    cooking show.

  • Cuffs

    I read where Moochie Obama didn’t want Oprah around because
    she was fat and set a bad example for Moochie’s Let’s Move
    campaign. More than likely the two women couldn’t fit in
    one hallway in the White House due to their broad beams.
    Look what happened to Paula Deene when she outed
    Moochie stuffing her face during commercials on the Deene
    cooking show.

  • Cuffs

    Is Oprah a racist because she won’t back Barry?
    I guess she doesn’t like him because he is black
    or half white. I am confused.