Things Are Bad when Oprah Won’t Help Sell Obamacare

If anyone needed a sign that Obamacare is a disaster – just look at the fact Oprah wouldn’t attend a meeting to discuss ways for celebrities to once again sell an agenda for Obama. In fact, she sent a low level flunky 🙂

The New York Post reports:

As the White House was gearing up to sell ObamaCare to the American people last summer, Valerie Jarrett, the president’s pointwoman on a host of issues, phoned Oprah Winfrey.

She invited the Queen of All Media to join celebrities, including Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, to meet with President Obama and discuss how they could generate publicity for his health-care law.

Oprah refused.

“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,” said one of Oprah’s closest advisers. “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.”

Instead, Oprah sent a low-level rep from one of her talent agencies, which was regarded as a insult. Obama had been counting on Oprah’s immense persuasive powers to help enroll millions in ObamaCare. But as the rollout turned into a disaster, Oprah didn’t lift a finger to help.

The story of why Oprah has changed her tune and gone AWOL onObamaCare goes well beyond mere gossip. It speaks volumes about the convergence of celebrity and politics under Obama and about a president who thinks nothing of using and then discarding his most loyal supporters.

A tidbit from the article that wasn’t public knowledge and that explains quite a bit —

Everyone remembers that Oprah went all out for Obama during the 2008 presidential election. What was not reported was that, in return, Oprah was promised unique access to the White House if Obama won. She’d get regular briefings on initiatives and a heads-up on programs to give her material for her fledgling cable network, OWN.

“Oprah intended to make her unique White House access a part of her new network,” a source close to Oprah told me. “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.”

Oprah did not campaign for Obama in the 2012 race, and she has been absent from his battles on gun control, immigration reform and the environment. She claims she is too busy to get involved in politics, even though she hosted a fund-raiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who won a US Senate seat last week.

To read the full article – http://nypost.com/2013/10/20/even-oprah-isnt-on-board-with-obamacare/

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4 thoughts on “Things Are Bad when Oprah Won’t Help Sell Obamacare

  1. usawoman says:

    Love this post! Karma’s a bitch, and Obama is receiving it from Oprah. lol

    • I spotted this info and it was too good not to share — but also glad to see she stood up to him. At some point he needs to understand when you cheat people – some of them will hold you accountable. And I bet she wouldn’t be so trusting about any “promises” from his administration…. now if the rest of the country will understand that….

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