Oprah Winfrey told “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson that she was “stunned” by the backlash to President Obama’s speech to America’s schools. The interview will air on “Access Hollywood” tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9th.
Robinson, speaking to Winfrey about the start of the new season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” brought up the speech that President Obama gave earlier today to children around the country and the controversy surrounding it.
When asked by Robinson if she understood the concerns that many people had about President Obama speaking to their children, Winfrey replied, “No, I do not. No, no, no, no and no. I’m just really stunned by people who feel that the President, the leader of our country and of the free world, saying to your children it’s important for your success, the success of your families and our country for you to stay in school, that education is vital to your well-being…I don’t understand it. I do not understand it.”
Robinson asked if Winfrey felt that children who were not permitted to watch the speech, missed out on a great opportunity. “I think those children missed out and I think that’s the message we’re trying to send,” said Winfrey. “If you’re a country that doesn’t want your children to hear that message, then who are we really? That’s what I think.”
“The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season Premiere: Oprah And Whitney Houston The First Interview” airs Monday, September 14, 2009.
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