Obama's Betrayal of Oprah - Trouble in Paradise?

Ken 2012/06/05 20:19:02

Obama’s Betrayal of Oprah Winfrey

Ed Klein’s blockbuster new best-seller about President
Barack Obama chronicles Obama’s shocking betrayal of Oprah Winfrey,
disclosing how Oprah helped him win the presidency and then was “frozen
out” of the White House after the election.

Klein’s just-released book skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot
on The New York Times best-seller list in its first week in publication
and has remained there. In “Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,”
Klein offers surprising, behind-the-scene details about the relationship
between Obama, first lady Michelle, and the TV talk superstar.

When then-Sen. Obama released his book “The Audacity of
Hope” — it was Oprah Winfrey who endorsed the book, airing a full hour
of her show with the rising star
. The book became an instant best-seller
— and Obama not only became a millionaire overnight, he also was on his
way to national stardom and political success.

And during the heated Democratic primary in 2008 pitting
Obama against Hillary Clinton, Oprah took on great risk by endorsing
Obama over Hillary.

As Klein notes in "Amateur" – Oprah’s endorsement "represented a calculated risk for the queen of daytime television.”

He added, “It was one thing for her to recommend a book
but it was quite another to back a political candidate. She worried that
her audience would resent her becoming a partisan for a political

In fact, Oprah’s endorsement played a big role in winning
over parts of Middle America for Obama, according to The New York
Times. Two university economists estimated that her support was worth
more than 1 million votes and decided the primary election.

As it turned out, a sizeable portion of Oprah’s audience
took offense at her backing of Obama and stopped watching her show.
After she hit the campaign trail during the primary campaign, Oprah’s
favorability ratings slid from 74 to 66 percent, while her unfavorable
ratings jumped from 17 to 26 percent.

Despite using her goodwill and capital, Klein details Obama’s shocking betrayal of Oprah.

Quoting sources close to Oprah, Klein offers a blow-by-blow account of how Obama’s wife and top staff turned on the TV star.

After Obama won the White House, Oprah was “largely
frozen out of the White House” by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and
Obama’s wife Michelle, because they viewed Oprah as a potential threat
to their power.

Jarrett advised Michelle to “distance herself” from Oprah
and cut her out of the White House inner circle, suggesting Oprah
“didn’t know her place” or “was a bad influence.” Oprah was trying to
become the de facto first lady!

As far as Michelle was concerned, Oprah’s billions and
her elite lifestyle disqualified her as an adviser to Obama, who had no
use for wealthy people except as a source of campaign contributions.

Plus, Michelle is very jealous, a source told Klein, and
“doesn’t seem to trust Barack at all. She insists on knowing his every
movement and drops in on him at all kinds of odd times.”[On this point, given the track record of Democratic presidents in the White House (e.g. FDR, JFK and WJC), who can blame her?]

When Oprah and Gayle King — her magazine’s
editor-at-large and longtime companion — arrived at the White House for
an interview with Michelle, they “were made to wait at the security gate
like ordinary visitors,” Klein recounts.

Oprah stunned Michelle by asking whether she and the
president were still fighting a lot. Michelle collected herself and said
the arguing had been a “growth point” in their relationship.

When Michelle announced she was going to devote herself
to fighting childhood obesity, Oprah offered to help and suggested
Michelle appear on Oprah’s TV show to discuss her campaign. Oprah was
told “that wouldn’t fit into the first lady’s plans.”

After the rebuff, sources told Klein that Oprah raged:
“Michelle hates fat people and doesn’t want me waddling around the White

Michelle was quoted as telling her staff: “Oprah with her
yo-yo dieting and huge girth is a terrible role model. Kids will look
at Oprah, who’s rich and famous and huge, and figure it’s okay to be

Michelle believes Oprah has been getting too close to Hillary Clinton, whom Michelle calls “a snake.” [OMG - trouble in paradise?]

"Amateur," based on more than 200 interviews of some of
Obama’s closest friends and advisors, offers the most revealing account
of the man and his presidency.

Klein, himself a former New York Times editor, has become the target of media attacks.

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  • texasred 2012/06/05 20:52:23
    Obama is loyal to no one other than himself. He's nothing more than a user. He uses our military, blacks, hispanics, gays, Hollywood, etc. But he'll stab them in the back if he sees no further use for them:


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  • FISH 2012/09/19 12:39:31
    I thinks its easy to interpret this. Look at the picture, Oprah and Obama are more than a casual contact, they have known each other for years. Come on they both have been in Chicago for years, you honky's are easy to fool. I say look at how Oprah and Obama look at each other in the picture. I believe Michelle has a lot to do with Oprah being kept away from her Husband, or has she, maybe some of those golfing trips were a hole in one, see what I'm saying. I Say Michelle is jealous of Oprah and Barak, she will probably see this article and put forth a friendly gesture to Oprah to make it look like I'm wrong on my intuition, happy riding.
  • Ken FISH 2012/09/26 15:55:18
    So racial epithets are okay, so long as they are used against whites? You seem to miss the point of the article which is based on excerpts from "The Amateur", a first-hand account written by the very liberal Ed Klein, form editor of Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, both very liberal publications.
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2012/06/06 03:01:16
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    So Mr 'perfect' and his circle of friends have issues. Tisk, tisk.
  • Gooky 2012/06/06 00:44:12
    Screw them up the ass,then throw them under the bus...i thought people like Oprah was smarter than that...i thought wrong,huh?He's a user & and an abuser.Vote for him,libs,and he'll take you down,not just the conservatives...  obama bus
    He likes to watch as your body squishes under the wheels...mmm mmm mmm!
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/05 23:20:29
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Sad that such a devoted person would be treated so badly but she involved herself with self-absorbed unworthy people - a lesson she has had before in her life and did not need to have again. Unfortunate but to be expected of these two genuinely arrogant people
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/06/05 23:11:06
    You never know with such people, do you? I almost feel sorry for Oprah, for making that kind of mistake.
  • PEEPL 2012/06/05 22:47:31
    That's what happens when everyone is in it for the power and the fame. Something people may not remember about Oprah. When she first came out she was like Jerry Springer and other scandal shows that did freak topics with crazed fighting people. Then when she saw all of the legal troubles that were brewing with other shows she became spiritual. But she definitely didn't start out that way. And Michelle has been quoted saying how terrible it is to be first lady. And Obama complains as well.
  • Ken PEEPL 2012/06/06 01:15:11
    Oprah was also a member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church but soon quit when she decided that she didn't want to be tied to his racist anti-American rants.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/05 21:44:02
    Kane Fernau
    Oprah hasn't been the same since.
  • Plantgypc 2012/06/05 21:06:55
    I have ordered this book through the Tea Party for $4.95. Can't wait to read it.
  • texasred 2012/06/05 20:52:23
    Obama is loyal to no one other than himself. He's nothing more than a user. He uses our military, blacks, hispanics, gays, Hollywood, etc. But he'll stab them in the back if he sees no further use for them:

  • Ken texasred 2012/06/05 22:15:16
    Very true. He used Rev. Jeremiah Wright for years, even before he joined his church, to make political connections with the Black community. He knew full-well how fiery, anti-white and anti-American Wright's "sermons" were but he didn't hesitate to throw him under the bus once he didn't need him any more. Same with Oprah!
  • texasred Ken 2012/06/06 23:32:00
  • Ken texasred 2012/09/26 15:56:16
    More like "Useless Idiots."
  • texasred Ken 2012/09/26 20:47:57
    Useless is absolutely correct!
  • FISH Ken 2012/09/19 12:55:35 (edited)
    German Nazi's did the same thing, like a prophylactic, used and defiled on the local and national scum bags.
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/05 20:21:15
    Am I supposed to be shocked by the revelation that Obama got the job because Oprah WANTED him to have the job?
  • Ken Cuppajo 2012/06/05 20:24:04
    How about the way he used her and then shut her out of the White House at the demand of the other two women in his life?
  • Cuppajo Ken 2012/06/05 20:28:08
    Well, both woman do have possession of one of his testicles each so....
  • Ken Cuppajo 2012/06/05 22:16:01
    Lol - that conjures up a disturbing image!

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