First Lady Michelle Obama makes a guest appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday, taping a program dealing with military families and capping off a busy week with a daytrip to Chicago.
Politics Daily was told by a White House source that Mrs. Obama will use the show, airing Jan. 27, to unveil a national campaign to help and honor military families. Aiding military families -- at a time when American soldiers are engaged in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq -- is already one of the top issues Mrs. Obama champions.
(Next Thursday, Mrs. Obama flies to Columbia, S.C., to visit Fort Jackson, where she will merge her other main issue -- obesity and fitness -- with the tough home situation many military families face when a loved one deploys.)
On the Winfrey show, Mrs. Obama will have a one-on-one segment with the host -- a friend, supporter and fundraiser for President Obama. The program will also feature NBC's Tom Brokaw and journalist/author Bob Woodward, who will also talk about the hardships facing soldiers and their families.
It's well known that Winfrey and the Obamas are close; they last saw each other last month when Winfrey was among those celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors. Winfrey also was given entrée to the White House in 2009 to tape "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special." A few weeks after the Obamas moved into the White House in 2009, Winfrey made another visit there to interview the first lady for an O magazine cover story.
The First Lady's Week in Review
On Thursday, Mrs. Obama gave Wal-Mart a giant boost by appearing at an event marking the retail giant's decision to repackage, reformulate and reprice their grocery products to encourage healthier eating.
On Wednesday night, she hosted a state dinner with President Obama to honor Chinese President Hu Jintao. Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama appeared at Howard University in Washington to tout new programs with the Chinese to encourage language learning as well as cultural and travel exchanges.