Oprah Winfrey's relationship with the Obama family has been closely documented. The OWN head honcho and talk show icon featured a re-Presidential Barack Obama on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" several times, and then publically endorsed him -- a move that miffed some of her fans.
Oprah even shared the cover of her magazine with First Lady Michelle Obama -- a rare move, considering Oprah nearly always poses for the cover solo. (The exceptions: In addition to Mrs. Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell are the only people Oprah has shared an O Magazine cover with.)
But in a new book, "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House," journalist Edward Klein reveals that there may be some tension between the O's and O.
According to a scathing excerpt from the book printed in the New York Post, Oprah's inner circle status with the Obamas has been greatly diminished in recent years. And the book alleges that Michelle Obama's jealousy over Oprah has played a big part in the demise of her friendship with the first family.
According to the book, Michelle Obama is "unusually jealous" of the President's friendship with Oprah and Oprah was even caught giggling about Mrs. O's insecurities. Even cattier, the book claims that Mrs. Obama was quoted as saying Oprah is "a terrible role model," citing her "yo-yo dieting and huge girth" and claimed Oprah just used the White House for ratings.
In January, Oprah told CNN that she is still a big supporter of the President.
"I don't need to endorse him because I am a 100% supporter of him, and I've already endorsed him," she said. But she added, "If he or his office called me tomorrow and said that they needed me I would do whatever I thought would be of service. I did what I did in 2008 because I really thought that would be of value and of service. I don't think that's needed in 2012. "
Oprah featured the Obamas in one of her final "Oprah Winfrey Show" episodes last year, which aired just one day after the news of Osama Bin Laden's death, but had been taped a week prior. Oprah announced that the Obama visit was the first time a sitting president and First Lady appeared together on her show, but she later complained about the missed opportunity of getting the first scoop on Bin Laden's death.
The night before the show aired, Winfrey took to Twitter with a late night tweet: "Trying to decide what to do about tomorrow's show with Prez that was taped last week."
She also tweeted, "Show will feel dated because we taped last week. Not even a hint of Osama's demise….We knew breaking news could date us…Never expected bin Laden."
Oprah ultimately ran the episode with a "previously recorded" disclaimer, but it was truly the one that got away. Kind of like her friendship with the Obamas, if Klein's book allegations are true.
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