(Oprah Lends Her Support to Barack Obama – 2008 Democratic National Convention)
Do you remember when Oprah Winfrey endorsed President Obama in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election? The country went wild. If Oprah was behind him, he had to be the one!
“I’m euphoric, I’ve been doing the happy dance all day. I’m so proud of Barack and Michelle Obama and what this means for all of us … the new possibilities for our country. And if he wants me to, I’m ready to go door to door.”
Like many Americans, Oprah was ready to put her reputation and wealth behind Barack Obama, expecting that his message of hope and change would finally put America on the road to liberty, equality and prosperity. She was so emphatic and emotional about the possibility of him being the leader of the free world that she reportedly cried her eye lashes off at the Democratic National Convention. She wasn’t the only one. People all over the country were fainting in his very presence (and apparently still are).
But like much of the country, Oprah isn’t singing Obama’s praises any more.
It seems she has realized what opponents of the President’s policies have known all along.
Barack Obama isn’t just more of the same, he’s much, much worse.
The media icon was asked to attend a meeting at the White House along with other celebrities to see how they could help create some positive publicity for the Affordable Care Act.
Rather than jumping on board like Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson, Oprah reportedly quickly said that she would not be attending the meeting.
‘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,’ an Oprah advisor told journalist Ed Klein.
Oprah had been promised direct access to the administration in exchange for her support and friendship. It was a partnership that was to be beneficial for both her and the President.
But apparently Oprah, like the rest of us, got the shaft once Obama took power.
Oprah intended to make her unique White House access a part of her new network,’ an unidentified source told Klein.
‘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 a rep to talk to Valerie Jarrett, but nothing came of it. It slowly dawned on Oprah that the Obamas had absolutely no intention of keeping their word and bringing her into their confidence.’
This is a burnt bridge that will not be fixed anytime soon, Klein argues, which could come at more of a cost to the TV host than the President.
‘Obama hasn’t budged, and neither has Oprah. She’s hurt and angry, and I seriously doubt that Oprah will ever make up with the Obamas. She knows how to hold a grudge,’ a source close to Winfrey said.
Welcome to the club, Oprah. You fell for the propaganda just like 50 million of your fellow Americans. Moreover, you helped push it right along, believing that Barack Obama had your best interests at heart.
At least now you know how the rest of us feel.
We’re all hurt, angry, holding a grudge and screaming a flat-out, unequivocal ‘NO!’