Entries in The Oprah Winfrey Show (3)


Obama to Oprah on Being Born in Hawaii: 'I Was There…I Remembered It'

The White House(CHICAGO) -- After appearing in the White House briefing room where documentation of his birth in Hawaii was shown, President Obama joked with Oprah Winfrey about the “birther” controversy that he hopes Wednesday’s release will finally “put to rest.”

“Can I just say -- I was there, so I knew that -- I knew I had been born.  I remembered it,” Obama joked about his birth to Oprah Winfrey in a taping of her show Wednesday from the Harpo studios in Chicago, Ill.

“He was born here,” first lady Michelle Obama interjected, sitting by her husband’s side for the interview.

As he said earlier in the day at the White House when the official certification of his live birth was released, the president said that critics who claim that he was not born in the United States and thus not eligible for the presidency were a distraction to the bigger issues that the country faces.

“And so at that point I said to my team, look, even though this is not usually what the State of Hawaii does.  Even though the Republican Governor of Hawaii, the Democratic Governors of Hawaii, all the various officials had confirmed that I was born here, let's ask them for a special dispensation where they will go ahead and provide us with the original to see if we can put this to rest.”

The president said that the nation cannot be distracted “by sideshows” and instead he should be attending to solving the nation’s problems.

“We are living in a very serious time.” Obama said, “And America has huge potential and opportunity to seize the 21st century.  We're only gonna get there, though, if we have a serious conversation about the things that matter to people.”

The Obamas' full appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show will air Monday, May 2.

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Michelle Obama Says Military Families Need to Reconnect to Community

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama will redouble efforts to shine a spotlight on the nation’s military families, in a campaign formally launching in March.

In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday, Mrs. Obama says that it’s not that Americans won’t help military families; it’s just that they are not aware of the pressures of deployment on families. This is something that she hopes to remedy.

“We’re going to ask the country to get ourselves together and be a part of reconnecting these families to be a part of the broader community."

So often, Mrs. Obama says, people see a happy homecoming between military families on TV but do not see the other “ramifications” to the deployment that are not talked out.

“And these families need some help and support to get through it.”

On Monday, President Obama announced new initiatives to help support military families across the federal government and declared that they are now “upping their game” in support. Mrs. Obama said that there are a lot of simple things that people can do to help -- if you’re an accountant, helping a military family prepare their taxes for example, she said.

“A lot of these women can use a girl’s night out, a manicure, a pedicure, a break,” she said, “There are things we can do as a nation big and small.”

Mrs. Obama initially took up the issue of helping and highlighting military families during her husband’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“Everywhere I went there were stories that were completely unfamiliar,” Mrs. Obama told Oprah in an interview taped last week, “and those were the stories of military women.”

The first lady said that in these families months go by where birthdays are missed, parents are struggling to raise kids alone and have to answer the questions for their children when mom and dad are coming home.

“Their stories took my breath away,” Mrs. Obama said, “and I vowed then that if my husband had the honor of serving our country that I would be that voice.”

The first lady said whenever she is feeling bad or sorry for herself she thinks of their courage and sacrifice.

“I suck it up because of these families,” the First Lady said, “Part of the challenge of getting the message out about military families is they never ask for help.  They never ask for help because you don't do that when you're in the military. You get it done. That's how you're trained. That's what you're taught.”

Mrs. Obama was in Columbia, South Carolina at Fort Jackson Thursday for a series of events that highlight the intersection of her Let’s Move! campaign and military readiness.

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Michelle Obama to Sit Down With Oprah

Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(CHICAGO) -- First lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown of Chicago Friday to tape an interview with Oprah during the last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Mrs. Obama is expected to speak about military families, one of the issues she’s focused on since the campaign, during the taping of the segment which will air next week.

On Thursday of next week, Mrs. Obama will travel to Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., where she will speak about military families and her campaign to combat obesity. Mrs. Obama will participate in a briefing “about the consequences of childhood obesity, poor childhood nutrition and lack of physical exercise for the military, and learn about the Army’s programs to address these issues,” the White House says.

Mrs. Obama’s appearance on Oprah will air that same day, to complement her visit to Fort Jackson.

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