Oprah Winfrey’s extended breakup with Barack Obama continued when the media mogul declined an opportunity to join other celebrities in hawking the president’s unpopular health care law.
According to reports, a source close to Winfrey said that Obama’s top adviser personally invited the talk show legend to a meeting at the White House last summer.
“All of Oprah’s top people thought she would go,” the source indicated, “because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say ‘Yes.’”
Instead, the staffer noted, Winfrey “said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go.”
In fact, she didn’t even consider the offer before flatly dismissing Valerie Jarrett’s invitation.
“It wasn’t like she had to think it over,” the unnamed source explained, calling Winfrey’s answer “an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no.”
The billionaire superstar was an early supporter of Obama, risking her own popularity to campaign for the unproven candidate. In the subsequent five years, she has moved ever further away from the president’s policies — and the Obama family.
Reports indicate that she initially believed her close ties with the first family would benefit her upstart cable network. According to one source, she had “big plans, and a team was put together to come up with proposals that would have been mutually beneficial.”
Since then, those plans have apparently failed to materialize. The source blames the strained relationship on the fact “that the Obamas had absolutely no intention of keeping their word and bringing her into their confidence.”
Conservatives have long realized that ObamaCare was destined to fail, with many predicting devastating results associated with its implementation. At the time, these voices were roundly belittled by leftist mouthpieces across the nation.
As more and more high-profile progressives abandon ship, though, ObamaCare’s unpopularity is becoming much harder to ignore.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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