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April 13th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Letters to the President: #814 'Oprah? Oh no'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama and the first lady are going on Oprah - which is strange, because I’m pretty sure Oprah is some kind of first lady herself.

Dear Mr. President,

Oh please, you’re going on Oprah? After all your carping about “the rich” and how they have too much influence, and they enjoy too many privileges, (or whatever it is that you say about them,) here you go playing house party with one of the wealthiest, most powerful women in the world.

What, do you think that somehow her ratings will suffer if you and the first lady don’t get on board? Not likely. It can’t be that you need to be seen with Lady O for re-election purposes; I mean, for crying out loud, you’re President of the United States. All you have to do any day is say that you want to talk to the nation, and Bob’s-your-uncle the cameras start warming up on channels all up and down the dial.

Why not, in the spirit of your whole “let’s help those who are struggling” routine, pick some obscure little talk show host and join him or her for a chat? They would certainly appreciate it. You would look more as if you really want to connect with ordinary folks. Talk about spreading the wealth. It’s a win-win!

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any complaint with your pal Oprah. She seems very nice and she’s been on TV a long time so I guess it’s fair enough that you’re going to see her. But frankly I don’t think I’ll be watching.

I get enough of seeing the rich and powerful yack with each other when professional athletes get into arguments with their coaches. Or when I’m watching Senate hearings.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll get a nasty call from Harpo, Inc. or be confronted by Oprah’s goon squad if you bail out now, so I guess you should probably go ahead with your plan. But I for one, will not be setting the Tivo.

Sorry to be on such a tear mid-week. Otherwise, how’s life? I’m coming back from New Orleans today. As always, fabulous food - too much of it, and not enough all at once. Ha!

Regards,
Tom

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  1. Carole Eberhardt

    Honestly, I don't care what show the President goes on as long as he hits the right talking points. Too many Americans that vote have no idea what they are voting for or against. They vote on feelings rather than facts and those feelings are produced by being hammered with the same rhetoric day after day on talk radio across the country and conservative blogs etc. Collectively Americans are of course no different from any other population that is programed to believe something. Germans believed that Jews were the source of their problems because that was the message that was hammered home in bad times. Now we have the GOP hammering home the message that programs people have paid into all their lives to ensure a decent retirement are at the root of our problems. More jobs and more people paying taxes is what the answer is. Now that the jobs have gone overseas we MUST spend on local projects as if we are are war because we certainly are.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm |