The lovey-dovey public relationship between Oprah Winfrey and the President and Michelle Obama is a mirage, according to a new book that says first lady badgers the TV giant for favors and makes the fellow Chicagoan feel “jumpy.”
In his latest political book, “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas,” best-selling author Edward Klein also reveals that “Oprah feels slighted by the Obamas” but would walk on hot coals for Bill and Hillary Clinton, who she is eager to help in a 2016 presidential election.
Klein writes: “ ‘I have a much warmer relationship with Hillary than I do with either Michelle or Barack,’ Oprah said. ‘The Clintons make me feel at ease 100 percent of the time. But even when the Obamas think they are being charming, they hold you at arm’s length. They make me jumpy, even when the obviously don’t mean to.' ”
Klein, whose critical book about Obama, “The Amateur,” was best-seller, writes in his new work that the first lady and top aide Valerie Jarrett are needy. “Being with them over a period of time can be tiresome,” he quotes Winfrey saying.
“They’re always badgering you for something,” wrote Klein on page 261. “I’ve spent much of my life fending off powerful and not-so-powerful people who want things from me. But these two women are something else again. They’re walking agendas. Their wish list never stops.”
As a result, he concludes, Winfrey “feels slighted.” He quotes a friend of Winfrey who said that the Obamas “have been incredibly thoughtless in the way they have treated her. It’s been unfair and hurtful.”
But he described a different relationship with the Clintons, explaining that she has been open to their efforts to win her endorsement in 2016, even as Vice President Joe Biden also woos Winfrey’s support should he run for the presidency.
Quoting a Clinton insider, Klein writes, “Bill and Hillary have both had long talks with Oprah. They’ve made it clear they’re planning a run for the White House and would appreciate her support. They want her to do for Hillary what she did for Obama in his first campaign in 2008. They think her support is worth a million votes, and maybe more. Hillary says she’s convinced that Oprah is going to come on board.”
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.