When the Democrats were parading their top candidates for the next President of the United States of America , I was secretly disappointed. I had hoped for a particular person to run this year that had it all; she had executive experience, was diplomatic, fiscally successful, intelligent, compassionate and articulate. Oprah! However, it boiled down to an historic choice between an African American man and an entrenched Caucasian woman.
Sarah Palin’s arrival on the John McCain ticket caught the country by surprise. I think Steven Colbert put it, “Who the F&*@ is Sarah Palin?” I don’t need Oprah Winfrey to tell me who Sarah is, but I’m in rare company. Now, a manufactured controversy surrounding Oprah NOT having Sarah on her show is brewing courtesy of FOXNEWS. I was asked to be a guest on Geraldo last week. The producer wanted to know what I thought of Sarah Palin’s policy. Did I think Palin was qualified to have the 2nd most important job in the world? Did I like her? Then on Saturday, the producer called me to confirm the segment time and asked what I thought of Oprah refusing to have Sarah Palin on her show. He seemed to think Palin was getting dissed since Obama had been on her show. And, by the way, what did I think? The Oprah Show had apparently announced they would not have Sarah Palin on before the election. And now, Geraldo is on the warpath. When asked on live television before millions of viewers on Geraldo’s show, I told him the show was Oprah’s and that was entirely her decision. Oprah knows there is no exit strategy if she interviews Palin. Winfrey has already endorsed Obama, then campaigned for him. If hard questions are asked, which is Oprah’s style, she will be called “a mouth piece for Obama”, too tough, vindictive, sexist, etc. If she only asks Sarah about motherhood and igloos, she be accused of pandering, and treating Sarah like she is a “Wasillabilly” who only reads books with pictures. Who wins? Oprah. Oprah wins for having the forward thought not to become chum in media shark tank. Let’s stick to the REAL issues and NOT the MANUFACTURED ones.