Obama’s wife Michelle hates the close relationship her powerful husband shares with chat show titan Oprah Winfrey — and it’s causing problems in their marriage, insiders say.
According to a report in American tabloid the National Enquirer, America’s First Lady wants the President to snub Oprah completely — but Barack is simply ignoring her pleas.
Michelle was allegedly furious when Barack let the billionaire media mogul film at the White House for a holiday special.
“Their marriage has been like a war zone lately,” said one insider. “In public, they put on a united, smiling front but behind closed doors, the gloves come off. If they’re not screaming at each other, they’re glaring or stomping off in different directions.
“Michelle is intensely jealous of the time Barack spends with Oprah.
“Since the election, Michelle has privately given Oprah the cold shoulder. She once said, ‘There’s only room for one first lady in the White House — and that’s me!’”
“Believe me,” added the source. “She means it.”
Back in November ‘09, it was reported that Oprah had been left “devastated” after Michelle decided to freeze her out of the White House inner circle.
“Oprah is devastated,” a source said at the time.
“She had no idea that Michelle was so jealous about the influence she had on Barack. She hated the way her husband would huddle with Oprah over strategy and jump when she called.
“The jealousy and anger was eating up Michelle. During the campaign, she vowed Oprah would not be a part of the new administration.
“Oprah had visions of being a close adviser to the president and a regular visitor to the White House. She was actually planning to redecorate the famous Lincoln bedroom, which is reserved for special guests of the first family.
“But in the first 10 months of the Obama administration, Oprah has visited the White House only twice, and one visit was for a business meeting to do an interview with Michelle for O magazine.
“And that was a disaster. Oprah arrived with her friend Gayle King, but was shocked to find Michelle cold and distant. Worse, she all but ignored Oprah and directed her attention to Gayle. It was as though Oprah wasn’t even there.
“Since then, Oprah has tried again and again to mend the rift.”