Oprah scorns Obamacare over feud with Michelle, biographer says

The Oprah Winfrey-Michelle Obama feud is in a deep freeze, and America is better off for it.

Relations between the Obamas and the woman who helped introduce Barack Obama to white America are so frigid the that the “queen of all media” wouldn’t even show up for a meeting over the summer at the White House to promote Obamacare to the masses, a New York Post column reports.

michelleoprah1020Edward Klein, author of the Obama biography “The Amateur,” writes that Obama hatchetwoman Valerie Jarrett personally called Winfrey over the summer to invite her to a White House meeting where other celebrities – comedian Amy Poehler, musician Alicia Keys and actress Jennifer Hudson – were getting briefed on how best to serve as mouthpieces for Obamacare.

Winfrey, Klein reports, turned the summons down cold.

“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,” Klein quotes a Winfrey adviser as saying.

“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.”

According to Klein, Winfrey is as fed up with Michelle Obama as conservatives are – even if it is for different reasons.

“Oprah doesn’t like being with Michelle, because the first lady is constantly one-upping the president and anybody else around her,” a Winfrey adviser told Klein.

This isn’t about gossip, though, it’s about politics.

Winfrey is no conservative’s favorite, but her cultural importance is undeniable. In 2008, the year she campaigned heavily for her fellow Chicagoan to win the presidency, she was named the most influential entertainer in America by Forbes magazine.

In June, about the same time she was turning down that White House summons, she topped Forbes’ list again. Poehler came in at 92; Keyes and Hudson weren’t there at all.

Those numbers matter. With or without Winfrey’s support, Obamacare’s a train wreck. Thanks to Michelle Obama, though, Winfrey ’s not on board the hype machine.

That means a lot of other people aren’t either.

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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Proud Pundit

    Trouble in paradise…bwahaha!!

  • WendellWillkie

    What a wonderful cat fight that would be to watch – Oprah making and breaking a leader…Too bad she didn’t decide to on the last election. I guess a hated black is still more important to her than supporting a white.

  • LibLoather

    Oprah, Michelle, and Obama—two queens and a joker!

    • Sherry Welch

      or three queens….

      • David Kerr

        Bravo!

    • LeAnn Addleman

      Two queens and queer, you mean!!!

  • Andy Jorgensen

    Glad to see it. This just goes to show you The ebony tower is not all seeing and all powerful!!!!. People are starting to look behind the curtain!!!!!!

  • RubenCLeon

    If Oprah had any balls she’d knock off the petty stuff and come straight out and say she made a mistake and become a Repugnanton and swing the next election away from Bildo & Hillary.

    • francoamerian

      I don’t like Oprah, but she has more balls then Obama. But then, doesn’t everybody have more balls then the messiah?

  • Brandon Johns

    Sadly, we still have those other Hollywood idiots to contend with. All of whom are probably exempt from Obamacare anyway.

  • David Kerr

    Oprah must be a racist.

    • Sue Ann Carey

      She must be..Isn’t it a fact that anyone who disagrees with the POTUS is a racist?!

    • Michelle Thompson

      She is a racist OMG

  • LeAnn Addleman

    Don’t tell me that harpO is coming to her senses???!!!! If she turned down an invitation to the White House to promote Obamacare, maybe we should be thinking more about what’s really gonna happen once his plan is in full force.

  • Sue Ann Carey

    There is hope for Opra yet!

  • maskedcommenter

    What happened Oprah? Your Idol turned out to have feet of clay?