Oprah Winfrey: Stunned at Turmoil Surrounding Obama's Speech

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In the midst of all the drama surrounding President Barack Obama's speech to schoolchildren on Tuesday, there's one Chicago resident who will support the commander-in-chief through thick and thin.

The one and only Oprah Winfrey admitted that she was stunned by the amount of backlash the president was receiving after encouraging students to rise above their challenges to succeed in school.

In an exclusive interview with 'Access Hollywood' on Wednesday, the multitalented media mogul professed her frustration over the recent events.

"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," Winfrey said.
Leading up to the speech, conservatives criticized and feared that the president would use the opportunity to further address his plans for health care reform, among other things. All of which led to various protests and actions such as certain schools refusing to televise the message.

"I think those children missed out, and I think that's the message we're trying to send," Winfrey asserted. "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."

Oprah is set to kick off her 24th season of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' with a special guest appearance from six-time Grammy Award winner Whitney Houston on Monday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. ET.


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