Michelle Obama in Chicago to tape ‘Oprah’
By LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief January 21, 2011 10:00AM
First lady Michelle Obama leaves Harpo Studios on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: April 30, 2011 4:47AM
First Lady Michelle Obama made a quick visit to Chicago Friday to tape an Oprah Winfrey show devoted to the plight of military families, which has been one of Mrs. Obama’s key issues.
In a one-on-one interview with Winfrey, the first lady discussed her plans to “launch a comprehensive national campaign in the coming months to recognize, honor and provide ways for everyone to step up and answer the call,” a White House source told the Chicago Sun-Times.
A military family was also expected to be on the set with Winfrey and Mrs. Obama to discuss their situation.
The show, taped at Winfrey’s Near West Side Harpo Studios, also will feature former NBC news anchor and author Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, who will also discuss the stories and problems military families face.
The show is set to air Jan. 27.
The last time Mrs. Obama touched down in Chicago was Oct. 29, for a day trip to attend the funeral of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.
The last time she overnighted at the family home in Kenwood was Oct. 13, when she stopped in Chicago during the mid-term campaigns to stump and fund-raise for Democrats and to vote. “I am thrilled to be back home in my home town, Chicago,” Obama said then. “I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.”