Oprah Gets a Degree From Harvard

Oprah Winfrey commencement speech at HarvardThis week, Oprah Winfrey became just the latest celeb to grab an honorary degree from a prestigious university. Speaking at Harvard, Oprah lectured the graduates about immigration and gun control. She stated, “In our political system and the media, we often see the reflection of a country that is polarized, that is paralyzed, that is self-interested. And yet I know you know the truth. We all know that we are better than the cynicism and the pessimism that is regurgitating throughout Washington and the 24 hour cable news cycle.”

There’s a reason this rhetoric sounds familiar. It’s straight from Barack Obama’s playbook. But that’s what’s so astonishing about today’s politics: if you took the quote out of context, you wouldn’t know whether it came from the Queen of Daytime Television or the President of the United States.

And Oprah’s politics are the same as Obama’s, too. “The vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks,” she said, “because they realize that we can uphold the Second Amendment and also reduce that violence that is robbing us of our children.” She then went on to immigration, where again President Obama’s teleprompter clearly spoke through her: “it’s possible to both enforce our laws and, at the same time, embrace the words on the Statue of Liberty that have welcomed generations of huddled masses to our shores.”

Finally, she ended with welfare. “People from both parties and no party,” she said, “believe that indigent mothers and families should have access to healthy food and a roof over the heads and a strong public education. Because here in the richest nation on earth, we can afford a basic level of security and opportunity.”

Why does Oprah sound so similar to President Obama? And is she cribbing from him, or vice versa?

In all likelihood, Obama’s America got its start in Oprah’s audience. Oprah described her mission on television this way to the Harvard audience: to show Americans “that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates [us].” That’s just the sort of bromidic nonsense that President Obama speaks, before pretending that a false consensus for liberalism exists. This phraseology means nothing. What unites Americans and al-Qaeda terrorists — our biology as homo sapiens — is larger than what divides us. But that doesn’t mean that there are philosophical battles worth fighting and values worth defending.

But Oprah’s entire mission in life is to enfeeble those values. Her entire show was geared for years toward driving sympathy for poor decision making. Emotion was the name of the game. A typical hour of Oprah often included a weepy sob story from someone – either deserving or undeserving – followed by a giveaway to her audience.

Oprah Winfrey, for all her charitable work, has pushed the feelings-first America that drives us to immediate band-aids for long-term problems. While American values bleed out, both Oprah and Obama tell us to take a nice, comfortable anesthetic without correcting the underlying problem.

She deserves her Harvard degree just as much as Barack Obama deserves his Harvard Law degree. After all, her master class in feelings has helped bring us the Harvard value system that now dominates the White House.

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  • Lionel Mandrake

    Thanks Mr. Shipiro. You said it all, and in a far more tactful way that I would have.

    But to confirm this, I would like to add that people like “Oprah”, really are shameless. She enables low standards and low character in millions by her snake oil “compassion”. She additionally deserves that Harvard sheepskin just as much as every other affirmative action victim because it places people like herself and Obama in positions of undeserved power by which they can, and are, busy making America one vast Chicago.

    I relish the idea of a Third World America, because we deserve it really. I mean, when ghetto standards and sloppy thinking reign over EVERY formerly first rate institution in the country post 1965, you know the reason. But none dare call it what it really is, attempting to equalize very thing into one flat, stupid society where truth matters far, far less than ability, sound mind, good character, and actual intelligence.

    Yes, the big “0″, and her brother in arms, the big eared, big ego, “0″, are exactly what stupidly and fake “compassion” look like.

    Detroit Michigan, soon coming coast to coast, is the legacy of their hideously perverse minds. Likewise, soft, so called, “conservatives”, who’ve allowed themselves to be flim-flamed by sob story telling minorities like the one poor Oprah played in The Color Purple and apparently thinks herself and every other black to be, is our fault. Just like allowing Senator Schumer to do once again what was done at the base of the Statue of Liberity by the disgusting Ted (Das swimmer) Kennedey in forcing America to create a minority majority in less than a century.

    Yes, WE DESERVE THE TWO “O”. The only thing that can save us now is a new baby boom tied with immigration restrictionist and real educational standards, not phoney Harvard liberal scum liars who live far away from the monsters they’ve created and enable.

    • Smote

      The two Big Os equal zero.

  • Looking4Sanity

    I just love how Okra Windbag uses the phrase "self interest" as some kind of derogatory epithet. It really clarifies where she's coming from…Moscow.

    • ReyR

      Just blows my mind why each time the average Anglo finally discerns a mismatch in his environment he will invariably draw the same old card, soiled and dog-eared, and blame it on us Russians. The Muzzies blame the Jews, the Anglos blame us. Us and the Jews, we should feel guilty all the time, and repent.

      • Looking4Sanity

        “You Russians” can go pound sand. You'll get no sympathy from me. Try paying us back for all that grain we sent you in the 70's when you were on the verge of starving to death.

  • Spider

    Sure there was no "self interest" in Oprah becoming a media enterprise billionaire wsa there?

    • dmw

      She did it "for the children", don't ya know?

  • Alan

    as someone else said:
    Young people in general are less handicapped by the narrow mindset of their elders, which was formed by the social norms of a generation or two ago. Therefore, they are less likely to listen to Rush Limbaugh or similar right-wing voices, who serve as comfort food for the older set who like to be told it's OK to hang onto their bigotries.

    Young people are more likely to believe that people of other races and other sexual orientations aren't scary.

    Young people who are just starting out have a different concept of basic fairness than do many of their elders.

    It has always been thus — with every generation, it's the young people who have the new ideas and the old people who will die off without embracing them. This is why our country has been able to move forward.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Young people in general are less handicapped by the narrow mindset of their elders, which was formed by the social norms of a generation or two ago. Therefore, they are less likely to listen to Rush Limbaugh or similar right-wing voices, who serve as comfort food for the older set who like to be told it's OK to hang onto their bigotries."

      What bigotries? We're bigoted against the poor persecuted communists? Oh no, I feel the shame coming.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "and where are these communists?"

        Opposing conservatives. Like you. Look in the mirror. Trying to solve imaginary problems with imaginary solutions. Most of them are dupes. That's my guess for you.

        • Alan

          Really, so anyone who opposes conservative policies is a communist? were you educated in a meth lab or at a tractor pull? I would slow down on the medications–it's destroying your already addled mind, little boy… Can't argue with such coprophagic logic…you win! btw, the colostomy bag is not for drinking!

          • Western Canadian

            Not all who oppose 'conservative policies' are communist, some are merely fools, which is the next thing in line to communists, who are more motivated by personal greed and malice. As for the rest of your juvi post, the colostomy bad is currently used to educate both communists and fools, so you are covered both ways.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Really, so anyone who opposes conservative policies is a communist?"

            You asked me where they were. I answered you.

            "were you educated in a meth lab or at a tractor pull?"

            Yes. At a meth lab operating next to a tractor pull.

            "I would slow down on the medications–it's destroying your already addled mind, little boy… Can't argue with such coprophagic logic…you win! btw, the colostomy bag is not for drinking!"

            Like I said, go look in the mirror.

    • guest

      There it is, FORWARD!
      quote
      It has always been thus — with every generation, it's the young people who have the new ideas and the old people who will die off without embracing them. This is why our country has been able to move forward.
      unquote

      What else would you tell children who you were trying to indoctrinate into your collective?

      The truth is, young people are stupid and they need to spend years to fix this. They once had the chance to learn, but the leftist has stolen this by subverting the education system. These people are complicit in what they say and do.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "It has always been thus — with every generation, it's the young people who have the new ideas and the old people who will die off without embracing them."

        These commies and dupes are indoctrinated to believe that any new idea must be superior. Even if it's not based on reality, we can just imagine the future and evolve towards perfection that way. If you don't embrace the new ideas, it's your fault that we're being kept from living in Shangri-La.

      • Alan

        what collective, little boy? you mean the one with monsters under your bed?

        • guest

          Gee, is that your best comeback?

          quote
          what collective, little boy? you mean the one with monsters under your bed?
          unquote

          This is a good example of how fragile their minds really are. It reflexively goes right to ad hominem mixed with projection, "little boy".

          It's been challenged, and pushed past his talking points and his rote dogma. Now it will howl with indignant insults, slurs, and personal attack after personal attack. They're the intellectual whirling dervish counterparts to their brother knife swingers. There will be an accounting some day.

          • Western Canadian

            Yes, that is his best comeback. Pathetic, isn't it?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "what collective, little boy? you mean the one with monsters under your bed?"

          If you really don't understand the discourse, that marks you as a dupe rather than a full blown commie ideologue. I guess I was right the first time.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Obama's Secular Chicago Fried Chickens are coming' home to their gravy ~ ( in this life ).

    SHE-DEVIL in a RED Dress………..so apropos.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I may take a liberty here and suggest that my summation of all that Oprah and Obama
    have to say can be compressed into two letters…………B.S……………….William

  • Jacobite2

    Can the USA beat the odds at the last minute, or will we collapse as a free nation after giving women the vote?

  • Ghostwriter

    I didn’t really watch “Oprah” anyway. And as an answer to Jacobite2,what does THIS have ANYTHING to do with giving women the vote. It’s not just idiotic but senseless as well.

  • Nick Gherz

    Pure drivel.
    0prah uses a lot of words to say absolutely nothing of substance.