About the time that Oprah’s Dec. 13 ABC White House Christmas special with Barack and Michelle Obama was announced a couple of weeks ago, a tabloid newspaper ran a story about how puzzled and hurt Oprah was that even though she got Obama selected and elected as president, Obama would not accept her calls and had shifted the blame to Michelle. Imagine — Oprah was under the bus!
However, also about that time, Obama’s Rasmussen approval rating sank to -15 and hasn’t gone above -10 since. In fact, today (12/12/09), Obama’s approval rating hit a new low of -16:
I’m sure it was just a happy coincidence that Obama could re-ignite Oprah’s dreams of political power and influence by calling her out from under the bus — which I bet is only temporary, but which she thinks is the correction of a huge, inadvertent mistake — to use her popularity to raise his own.
If it doesn’t work — and probably even if it does — it’s going to be back under the bus for Oprah– until the next time Obama finds her useful.
How is Obama able to use and double-cross people so consistently and yet his marks always seem surprised when he does it to them?