*Little did Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey know that the world would change so drastically between the taping of his appearance on her show last week and the day that it hits the airwaves.
With Americans still celebrating the elimination of Osama bin Laden, Winfrey’s interview with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to air today with the president discussing a number of issues that will make the whole broadcast appear as if a monstrous elephant is in the room.
After news broke Sunday night of bin Laden’s death, Oprah tweeted: “Trying to decide what to do about tomorrow’s show with [Obama] that was taped last week.”
The talk show host will likely film a statement at the outset, reminding folks why our commander in chief is not talking about this historic turn of events over the last 24 hours. Instead, Obama will tell Oprah’s audience that he wants to be the president who restores people’s belief in the American dream.
The president will also express disappointment over sharp-edged Washington politics and his failure to soften it as he’d promised. He complains that life inside “the bubble” is depriving him of precious, memorable moments with his growing daughters.
And Michelle Obama will say that her daughter Malia has to start doing laundry.
Asked what he wants his legacy to be if he is re-elected next year, Obama said he wants people to feel that opportunity is there for them if they work hard and do the right things. He said there’s a general sense that the American dream is “slipping away.”
Obama sat for the interview last week hours after releasing a detailed version of his Hawaiian birth certificate in a bid to end distracting speculation, fueled by prospective Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, over whether Obama is U.S.-born.
Obama said the controversy is an example of the blurring between politics and entertainment, as “carnival barkers” seek attention by calling on him to show his birth certificate to prove he is a citizen and therefore constitutionally qualified to hold office.
“Reality TV is seeping into how we think about our politics,” Obama said in the interview. While he has described the birth certificate as “silliness,” he said stories he hears about people’s fears of losing their homes or unsuccessful efforts to find a job are not funny.