Oprah Turned Down White House Invite to Discuss Obamacare Pitch, According to Report
Entertainment mogul and television personality Oprah Winfrey reportedly declined an invitation from the White House last summer. The meeting was reportedly aimed at helping President Barack Obama’s administration’s efforts to sell the Affordable Care Act.
According to the New York Post, Winfrey was approached by senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to come to the White House to discuss ways to generate positive publicity for the ACA. Winfrey reportedly declined the invitation.
“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,” one of Winfrey’s advisors told the Post. “But Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go.”
“Oprah intended to make her unique White House access a part of her new network,” the Post quotes another source close to Winfrey. “But none of that ever happened. Oprah sent notes and a rep to talk to Valerie Jarrett, but nothing came of it. It slowly dawned on Oprah that the Obamas had absolutely no intention of keeping their word and bringing her into their confidence.”
h/t The Blaze
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