November 25th, 2009
06:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Oprah Winfrey to tape Christmas special at the White House

Oprah Winfrey will interview the president and first lady next month for a 60-minute primetime special, the talk show host announced Wednesday.
Oprah Winfrey will interview the president and first lady next month for a 60-minute primetime special, the talk show host announced Wednesday.

(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey will interview President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, next month for a 60-minute program to air before Christmas, the talk show host announced Wednesday.

"Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special" will air at 10 p.m. December 13 on ABC, her Web site said.

"The intimate, informative and entertaining hour-long special will include a one-on-one conversation with the president, marking the first time Oprah has interviewed him since he took office, as well as an exclusive sit-down interview with the first couple," it said.

"The special will showcase behind-the-scenes preparations as the White House gets ready for the holiday season."

Winfrey, who supported Obama in his presidential bid and this month interviewed failed GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, recently said she will stop hosting her syndicated talk show in 2011 to focus on launching an Oprah Winfrey Network on cable television.

Updated: 6:02 p.m.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • Oprah Winfrey • President Obama • White House
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. lanray

    I would assume that he is taking Ms. Obama to Oprah's studio's in Chicago to prepare for the White House interview at taxpayers expense - I'm sure they will have a big night on the town costing us thousands. Sick of all three of them. Oprah will probably be his VP mate in 2012. What an egotistical trio!

    November 25, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Janice

    Who cares!

    November 25, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Cable?

    Oprah. Obama doesn't like cable. You think he will still watch?

    November 25, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Dave, CO

    Oprah wants publicity and he can get it through Obama because Obama does not have any other decent engagement for Christmas.

    November 25, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. CNN, you are so unamerican

    You pick and chose what and what you will not post. Journalism? Fair and Balanced? Facts? If you don't like or don't agree with a post, you simply remove it. I guess you are hoping that your station will be the "chosen one" when there is only one media outlet left in this STILL FREE COUNTRY of ours.

    November 25, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I think it's great and appropriate for Oprah Winfrey to be granted the first interview of our first African American President in his first Christmas in the White House. Oprah Winfrey has epitomized Africa American success and so has our President. Let the people see what successful Black People are all about!

    November 25, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Le Maire

    This is good for O and the Obamas!

    November 25, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Barbara

    I am certainly looking forward to seeing the Christmas Special. Anything President Obama and Mrs Obama are in is most interesting to me.

    November 25, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Judy from PA

    Oprah, you already got Obama elected, now go away.

    November 25, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Rich

    Really – Who REALLY cares ??!! Very much to do about nothing, absolutely nothing!

    November 25, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Lew Lambros

    Are you sure it's "Christmas at the White House"? If so, then why no Christmas Tree this year? Obama says it is a "Holiday Tree" with Holiday decorations, hmmmmmmm.

    November 25, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special" will air at 10 p.m. December 13 on ABC, her Web site said
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    What, is this a competition to see who likes to hear themselves talk most? My money's on Obama and there's not many among us who can out-windbag Oprah! Is this why they call Chicago the Windy City?

    November 25, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    No surprise here. I'm sure Oprah will ask those hard hitting questions often asked of the Obama's by the state owned media. Questions such
    as.......

    1) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    2) What is your favorite cookie?
    3) Which do you prefer....Airforce 1 or Marine 1?
    4) How is BO doing these days?
    5) What is your favorite room in the White House?

    November 25, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Jones from Ohio

    Great news. My family will be watching.

    November 26, 2009 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
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