WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle return home to Chicago on April 27 to tape an Oprah Winfrey show at her near West Side Harpo Studios. Obama overnights in Chicago on Thursday, in the city to headline three fund-raisers to benefit his 2012 bid for a second term.
The airdate for the show is May 2.
Winfrey and the Obamas' are friends and the First Couple sitting for an interview on her last season--her 25th-- is some goodbye; Winfrey's final show is May 25. The April 27 taping will be the third time the couple have appeared together on Oprah.
By now, many of you are familiar with the story: Winfrey threw herself into politics for the first time when she stumped for Obama in 2008 in three critical early Democratic primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. She also hosted a big fund-raiser for Obama on her California estate outside of Santa Barbara (I remember well sitting on a curb across the street from her mansion filing while Ben LaBolt was herding the press) and appeared at an "issues conference" for big donors in Chicago during the general election.
The Obamas' have appeared on Oprah before, on her daytime show and on Nov. 25, 2009, on her prime time special about their first Christmas at the White House. Mrs. Obama has also been featured in Oprah's "O" Magazine.
The Obama's were on the show together on Oct. 18, 2006, when his book, "Audacity of Hope" was published and Jan. 19, 2005, after he was elected a Senator from Illinois. Mrs. Obama, who on Tuesday unveiled her "Joining Forces" program to help military families, was on Oprah on Jan. 27, 2011 to talk about the plight of military families, in a show where Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward also guested.