Oprah 'stunned' by backlash to Obama speech

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In other Oprah news -- that is, Oprah dish not having to do with Tuesday's Michigan Avenue mob -- the queen of daytime talk is weighing in on the "controversy" surrounding President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation's schoolchildren.

In an interview with "Access Hollywood," set to air Wednesday, Oprah says she's "stunned" by the backlash to the president's speech.

When asked if she unerstands the concerns of people who opposed him speaking directly to America's schools, she says, "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 stay in school, that education is vital to your well-being... I don't understand it. I do not understand it."

Some children in some schools were not permitted to watch the speech. Oprah reacts: "I think those children missed out and I think that's the message we're trying to send. 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."

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Oprah,for once I agree with you. I truly do not understand all of the stupid comments that have been made about the president speaking to the children of this country. Where is this country going? I think...to hell to a handbasket is probably the best response to this question. If the parents of Americas's children don't censure the negative Movie, TV and Radio messages they are exposed to everyday; why get so up in arms about someone telling them they need to do their best in school and take responsiblity for their own education??? Forgive me but I find nothing wrong with that message.

Patty~ Please learn how to use spell check prior to trying to convey what you think.

Oprah,
Do us a favor ... Retire!

No one once to hear what you have to say ... you are such a hypocrite! And, I'm being nice.

Stunned? C'mon Oprah I know you are infatuated with this man but have a little objectivity. I would bet a year's salary that more students were permitted to watch this speech than George H W Bush's similar speech in 1991. And by the way, why is it that almost no one wants to report on the fact that Dick Gephart and the Democrats were "outraged" and invoked a Congressional and GAO investigation as a result of that very speech by Bush in 1991. The NEA also viciously condemned it as a political act that was wasting taxpayers' money ($26,000 - whoopee!) for political gain.
Pot....Kettle.... they are all basically the same.

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