Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oprah-Doprah: part two

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34n4_DmxxDkzeiN1r2ktDZPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Oprah Winfrey during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios in Chicago, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)obamas-on-oprah


Some of you undoubtedly remember, if not the genesis, at least the early, malignant manifestation of the Lady M/Oprah feud:

o-mag-march-09 copyDefaced copy of the big O’s March, 2009 magazine cover, discovered in the East Wing

In another historic first (first time O interviewed a sitting president, also sometimes known as “O”) Big Guy and Lady M appeared on the couch with Oprah in a segment of her show aired on May 2. Don’t count on this being the end of the bad blood between MO and O however.

Despite what you might read about this being strictly a business issue fueled by Oprah’s concern that her endorsement of Big Guy caused a dip in her ratings, (how could that be?)

“Oprah’s convinced that her original public endorsement caused the widely reported erosion in her ratings.

"Now she’s fearful that if she repeats her personal public campaign for Barack Obama, it could undercut female viewer support for her new network, OWN. It’s a real dilemma.”

I can confirm that the feud runs much deeper than “business.” Lady M didn’t like that O bought so much air time in Big Guy’s head – she felt that she had already paid for that exclusive privilege. So Lady M tried to cut O out of all Big White official communiqués and parties. Butt Big Guy continued to contact her privately and even invited her to his birthday party last August, while Lady M was off ending racism in Spain.


Lady M reigning in Spain, O, reigning in Chicago

If you think you’ve seen cat fights, believe me you’ve seen nothin’. And now it’s awkward because it looks like the Wons need the O more than the O needs the Wons.

Butt for now we’ve all put the daggers away in order to put a good face on things. As a result the O agreed to put the Wons on her last round of syndicated shows. She held up her end of the bargain, lobbing one soft ball after another for future campaign sound bites.

Here are the highlights:

On Big Guy’s cool, calm demeanor:

“[Barack] can keep his eye on the prize in the midst of some craziness. That’s what makes him a special leader.” [ed. detachment?]

On Vetting his decision to run for president again in 2012:

“Did you ask Michelle before deciding to run for re-election?” Oprah Winfrey asks the president.

Glancing toward his wife, seated to his right on Oprah’s couch, Obama answers: “Michelle has always had veto power over these kinds of decisions.”

The first lady nods and says, “I should use it more.”

So who really made the decision to go after OBL I wonder?

Next, Big Guy shared his views of what’s wrong with the world today:

The president said he felt “The line between entertainment and politics has blurred." and added "Reality TV is seeping into how we think about our politics.”

REALLY? I wonder how that happened?


“Come on down!”

From: “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” by Sting (they all seem like game show hosts to me)

And Big Guy shares his concerns about the American Dream:

“The American dream is slipping away. [ed. I wonder who’s responsible for that?] I want people to once again feel like, ‘If I’m working hard and doing the right thing, opportunity is right there for me to grab.’”

Would that be the “HOPE” part or the “CHANGE” part?

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The Birth Certificate controversy

Obama admitted he was at first amused by the controversy, but the first lady said she was not.

"This came up 2-1/2 years ago," the president said. "I didn't take it too seriously. This is kind of a silly thing. But we still posted what the state of Hawaii provides [ed. whatever that is]which is a certification of live birth, which is essentially a copy of the live birth certificate.

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On religion/prayer:

"I pray a lot," President Obama told Oprah on a show that aired Monday, May 2, 2011.

"On your knees pray?" Oprah asked.

"Sometimes..." he answered, saying, "Abraham Lincoln said if you didn't pray before you were president, well..." [ed. well?]

"We pray everyday," Michelle said, detailing how the Obama family prays before each meal -- and how she and Barack try to instill the importance of prayer into their daughters and the hopes of getting them to appreciate everything they have.

That would be some change: the praying, the appreciating…

The rest of it was pretty much yada yada, blah blah blah. If you think all this nicey-nice was the end of the MO/O feud I fear you’re sadly mistaken. We cancelled our subscription to O’s dumb magazine months ago, butt she sent another “gift” subscription that just started with the current edition. I found this copy in Lady M’s boudoir last week. I’m going to have to say there still seems to be a bit of bad blood here:

mo's o magazine copy

I wonder where all this hostility comes from?

Anyway, big day tomorrow. No, not because of Stinko de Mayo – although that’s always fun too. Butt because we’re going to Ground Zero. And George W. Bush isn’t. Not that he wasn’t invited, he was. I guess he just decided that since Big Guy was able to do what he couldn’t, he would just graciously stay in the background. Either that, or he had a previous engagement. Or decided to spend more time with his family. Or something.

I just won’t be the same without him.