Oprah Winfrey Jumps Ship – Refuses to Promote Obamacare

At one time there were rumors that Barack Obama might actually pick Oprah Winfrey to be his Vice-Presidential running mate. Though the rumors proved to be a little on the absurd side (why would she take the pay cut?), one can understand why some people arrived at that conclusion.

oprah_with_sen_obama_in_des_moines_iaWhen Oprah Winfrey backs someone for President, it is not easy to overcome and it's an endorsement worth its weight in gold. It is impossible to calculate her actual impact, but I think it would be fair to say that she won a lot of votes for Barack Obama in 2008. It has been estimated that 48 million people watch her show at least one time per week. To think that she may have influenced a million or more votes is not out of the question and may, in fact, be a conservative estimate.

Now, she is apparently looking to distance herself from the monster she helped create. She claims she doesn't have time to meet with Barack Obama and has chosen to send a low-ranking proxy in her place.

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 on ObamaCare 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.

Did she get her feelings hurt? Or is Oprah just smart enough to know that Obamacare is a train wreck? I would suggest that the latter may be closer to the truth.

The same people who loved the idea, in the beginning, are now cursing the wretched beast known as The Affordable Care Act. Why would Oprah want any part of that?

Sure thing Mr. President.

I am sure Oprah will get right on that.

Oprah Winfrey is an ultra-smart business woman. You can think what you want about her politics but there is no doubt that she knows how to make money.

Why would she risk losing viewers to keep supporting a losing team? If people stop watching her show then things change for her dramatically.

I would think it's a simple business decision to cut her losses and move on.

Oprah may have come to the realization that she backed a bad horse. Why would she risk alienating viewers by continuing down that path?

So just move on Oprah. You are worth billions and I don't blame you if you do. Enjoy your success and stay out of politics.

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40 thoughts on “Oprah Winfrey Jumps Ship – Refuses to Promote Obamacare

  1. Marta Ramos McGraw says:

    I would be happier if she would DENOUNCE him as loudly as she supported him , if not, she remains a cause to the dictAtor in the white house

  2. My guess is she knew he would hit her up for big bucks & since she was duped into abandoning her female base in order to garner the black vote for Obama, she said #&*@ it!!! No more $$$$ from her!

  3. I guess that it's time (or well past) for all the rats to flee the stinking ship. Congrats, Queen of Rats! And who can blame her? Not me.

  4. Could be that Oprah has finally realized that her celebrity image has been brought low by her Obama affiliation. Along with her ratings? And we all know that Obama care is an NSA boondoggle in disguise. Hopefully she has woken up and now sees this usurper for what he is. He uses them until he has what he needs and then pushes them aside.

  5. Oprah Winfrey and others have had time to see what this grand idea turned into. There are so many variables in this ObamaCare that it will be difficult for IRS workers
    etc. to determine what needs to be allowed etc. IRS is confusing enough,
    now with ObamaCare, that is not yet fully understood by the writers, it will
    continue to be just as confusing for those creating a computer program to cover
    this, and for new people trying to quote correct prices and policies.

    ObamaCare initially sounded like it was going to be a one size fits all; but reality struck
    and deductibles and non-covered areas are here like they were before, but
    often now are more expensive. This confusion will lead to government control
    of health care which will continue our slide into Socialism and Communism.
    This is about control, not good health; we continue to pollute ourselves
    toward soon extinction.

  6. Although I am not a fan or admirer of Oprah I hate for anyone to get hurt and hope that her 'insult' to valarie jarret and Obama will not have dire consequences for her. Obama through Jarret has made it perfectly clear..reward your friends(those who agree with their agenda) and punish your enemies(those who disagree). I 'shudder for her'

  7. vietnamvet1971 says:

    Oprah is the Biggest HYPOCRITE Liberal as she knows O' Blammer is a Lame Duck and now she wants to jump ship, what a piece of TRASH she is.

  8. Monster is right...and the blood is on the hands of every Hollywood hack out there who uses their celebrity to DECIDE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD DO. Court Jesters is all they are...and that's where they need to stay.