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Obamas to tape Oprah show in Chicago

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle return home to Chicago on April 27 to tape an “Oprah Winfrey Show” at her near West Side Harpo Studios. Obama overnights in Chicago Thursday, in the city to headline three fund-raisers to benefit his 2012 bid for a second term. The air date for the show is May 2.

Winfrey and the Obamas are friends, and the first couple sitting for an interview on her last season — her 25th — is some goodbye. Winfrey’s final show is May 25. The April 27 taping will be the third time the couple have appeared together on Oprah.

By now, many of you are familiar with the story: Winfrey threw herself into politics for the first time when she stumped for Obama in 2008 in three critical early Democratic primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. She also hosted a big fund-raiser for Obama on her California estate outside Santa Barbara and appeared at an “issues conference” for big donors in Chicago during the general election.

The Obamas have been on Oprah before, on her daytime show and on Nov. 25, 2009, for her prime-time special about their first White House Christmas. Mrs. Obama also has been featured in Oprah’s “O” Magazine. The Obama’s were on the show on Oct. 18, 2006, when his book The Audacity of Hope was published and Jan. 19, 2005, after he was elected a senator from Illinois. Mrs. Obama was on Jan. 27 to talk about the plight of military families, in a show that included Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward.

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