Aol: Oprah Winfrey will host the television special ‘Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Prime-time Special,’ which premieres Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Today, Harpo Productions released the first image of Winfrey and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
From the very first day they moved into the White House, I started calling Robert Gibbs and asking not for the first interview because number one, I didn’t think I was going to get the first interview for the first 100 days, but I wanted an opportunity to sit down with them in a comfortable setting that all of America would be familiar and relate to. So I started asking when they first moved in to do a Christmas special because I wanted to be at the White House during Christmastime and to experience their first Christmas in the White House. So this has been in the making for a very, very long time.”
“There are 27 trees and all the ornaments and all of the decorations, and we were able to go to the green room, where Thomas Jefferson used to have lunch, and apparently they’ve not let anybody film in there before. But I got to interview the president in the green room where Thomas Jefferson used to eat his lunch. So everywhere you move through this space, it’s filled with so much history. It’s pretty hard not to think about that as you’re walking through the halls.”
“The president gave himself a grade. This was not about grilling the president; this was really about me wanting to come and experience Christmas at the White House, their first Christmas, with them. So I wasn’t here to grill him. I was curious as to what he thought he had done, what kind of job he thought he had done and ask him for his grade. You’ll see what the grade is. The grade might surprise you.”