November 25th, 2009
06:04 PM ET
4 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. john

    Good looking out?

    November 25, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. SweetG

    Here comes Oprah to the rescue! The master feel good mind manipulator is saddened by her wayward "Jesus" and must come reining down to spread her pixie dust and re-christen the Annointed One.

    Oh, I'm sooooooo not worthy!

    November 25, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Christmas at the White House
    ------------------------------–
    Yesssss!!!! I don't watch Oprah, but you can bet your last peso that I will be watching this Christmas Special. The significance for people of color to have someone that looks like them celebrate Christmas at the White House (also built by people of color, but never inhabited by them except as servants). And to have those celebrants be the POTUS and FLOTUS is still surreal. The only thing that could make it more perfect for me is to have snow falling in the background.

    Thank you Oprah!
    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!!

    November 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Aspen Professor

    Lets see, what is wrong with the following .........................
    Oprah is embraced by Obama and vice versa.
    The Republicans embrace Steele as the leader(???) of the GOP.

    Yeah right. Cyncism at its best in the good ole GOP. Put a black man at the helm of the GOP and allow him to do NOTHING. What a group these Republicans are.

    November 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ah Yeah!!! Oprah will go out with a BANG and she just might run for GOVERNOR of ILLINOIS in 2012... YES WE CAN!!

    November 25, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. HUGO

    Great, can't wait to see this one.....probably along the lines of "How the Muslims stole Christmas" or "How liberal spending destroyed America's Holidays and Economy."

    November 25, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Albo58

    13 December? Dang, that's the day I'm scheduled to clean my garden tools! I guess I'll have to miss yet another "unprecedented" event in the narcissistic life of this President!

    November 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Eric-31m

    Not her again.

    November 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Dan

    All is nice and well, PR, holidays, nice family, great daughters, all is well, etc. etc.
    But, at the current role the president has to perform and deliver more than a nice entertainment piece for the holidays! Just a nice show with no jobs, rising inflation, added taxes and major foreign policy mistakes weakening America will not carry the water!

    November 25, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    The Oprah President........what a sad, sad commentary about our country's aggregate intellect.

    November 25, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. ib

    Well whoop de do; I'll be sure to watch; would rather have seen Obama parden the turkey; one turkey pardening another turkey.

    November 25, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. No more war

    She should tell him he needs to hand back the Nobel Peace prize.

    November 25, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Dennis

    I guess BHO owes her big time. He wouldn't have been a candidate without Oprah's weight behind him. Thanks a lot! NOT

    November 25, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Waiting for 2012 to correct our error

    And the slobbering love affair with the Obamas continues. Democrats need to learn to cast your votes based on qualifications and not an empty suit with a star following..............look at the mess in the white house you created!

    November 25, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Dale in Michigan

    Hope something else is on that night.

    November 25, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Larry S

    Good work CNN . . . this is more important than the false information being put out about the climate scientist . . . is there anyone left at CNN that can do some factual reporting????

    November 25, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Sherri

    Using our White House for a tv special is not dignified not in keeping with the statutor of the house. A big NO from me.

    November 25, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Rose

    Of course Oprah gets her interview. I don't watch Oprah at all and I sure don't intend to watch her "special". She has played favorites with the Obama's for too long now. They deserve each other.

    November 25, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Lorna Hanson Forbes

    I thought Oprah retired.

    This will be a disaster for Obama. Oh what a circus!

    November 25, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Jim in Florida

    Oprah is going to get a nice return on her $$ investment in the empty suit.

    November 25, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. jeff

    Good looking out, for sure! lol

    November 25, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. old timer

    I'll be glad when she drops out of sight, maybe she will take OBAMA with her. I sure hope so

    November 25, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. terry,va

    Obummie should go to Hollywood and make a fantasy movie because he lives in a fantasy world. Look at the photo. Doesn't it look like the Three Amigos?

    November 25, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Infotainment newscaster

    Does she support Pres. Obama?

    November 25, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. chubby

    Well the obamas will be in it so it is not worth watching.

    November 25, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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