“Ya’ll heard about my tweet problems?”
It’s very rare that folks have any angst or questionable moments toward Oprah Winfrey. But in this new political climate, where Trump is soon to become the leader of the Free World, clearly anything is possible. And there was a bit of controversy surrounding a tweet that Winfrey sent out following President-elect Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
The comment was more like a strike than a home-run and it didn’t go without critical backlash.
@Oprah You are too intelligent to believe that. With all due respect.
— Melissa (@1andonlyMelissa) November 10, 2016
Not one to have the pointed-finger working against her for a length of time, during a panel discussion with Ava DuVernay following a screening of 13th, Winfrey addressed the controversy head-on on Facebook Live, stating:
“Y’all heard about my tweet problems? This is the second time I’ve had tweet troubles,” she began. “I couldn’t breathe after the election, I was just like [holding her breath]. I was expecting tension, awkwardness and strain, So, when I saw them [Obama and Trump] sitting together, I actually took a picture of the screen that said ‘President-elect Trump honored to meet Obama.”
She continued, “And President Obama was being so gracious, and I heard Donald Trump say, ‘He’s a good man.’ I heard Donald Trump say, ‘I’m going to be seeking his counsel.’ I literally went … I can breathe now.”
From that, Winfrey shared her regret for use of words and offered that instead she should have said, “I just took a breath.”
Watch her full explanation below beginning at the 17:42 mark:
In the end of it all, Winfrey noted that the message was more about the “transition of power.”
Love for the “O” is still there but booooy, this was a close one. Trump has everyone’s emotions on a wild high.