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President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama - Show Recap


Original Air Date:

Monday, May 2, 2011


For the first time in Oprah Show history, Oprah welcomed the current sitting leader of the United States, President Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama.

Show Summary:

For the first time in The Oprah Winfrey Show history, Oprah welcomed a sitting president and first lady as a guest on the show -- President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on this episode of the show to share details about how they have managed the many aspects of the position in relationship to keeping their family connected and as normal as possible. The couple opened up about decisions of the last two years, expectations moving forward, marriage, and parenting.

Special Highlights:

This episode featured the following highlights:

  • Returning to their home city, Chicago, the couple expressed that that it still feels like home even though it has been a few years since they spent extended time there.

  • Mentioning the reveal of President Obama's long-form birth certificate, the President stated that it's his priority to ignore the side shows and focus on solving the bigger problems of the country.

  • Staying busy working for the American people, the President and First Lady opened up about how they stay connected to their family and to everyday people around the country, and the couple explained that they really listen to the stories that are shared with them, and cherish the simple moments they have with their daughters.

What to Take Away from the Show:

At no other time has Oprah ever had the current President of The United States on the show, and although the host and First Couple are personal friends, the position of President elevated the importance of the interview and the opportunity to hear a more casual conversation from the leader of our country. President Obama discussed his feelings about the last two years, both personally and professionally, which made him appear even that much more relatable to the everyday man. There is something about hearing the President talk about how to have a successful marriage and be a good parent that helps us know that he can relate to our cares and concerns as well.

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