Why Did Oprah Ignore Michelle Obama's Speech?

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Why Did Oprah Ignore Michelle Obama's Speech?
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Forget Waldo -- where's Oprah? The key woman at President Barack Obama's first nominating convention was MIA during Michelle Obama's speech last night and did not even tweet a virtual fist pump to her rumored frenemy.

Though Twitter reported more than 28,000 tweets per minute were posted during the FLOTUS's opening night speech, not one was tweeted by the chat queen.

Instead, Oprah plugged an upcoming new show called "Fix My Life" on her OWN cable TV network, featuring her long-time friend and self-help guru Iyanla Vanzant. "It's the best show I've seen in years," she tweeted. "It puts the REAL in reality."

It seemed like Oprah was practically the only Democratic diva not to stand on her head over the first lady's awesome oration.

Eva Longoria tweeted a picture of herself with a couple of other celebs at the event, with the caption, "Me and Ashley Judd with Alfre Woodard who was in tears after Michelle Obama speech!" The former desperate housewife will deliver her own speech at the convention tomorrow night.

Elizabeth Banks gushed, "Michelle Obama straight killed it for me. Super girl crushing on the first lady!" In a fun coincidence, the "Hunger Games" actress played another first lady, Laura Bush, in Oliver Stone's "W."

And in her signature breathy teenage girl style, Cher tweeted, "OMG! Just Watched Michelle Obama Speak & am Completely Overwhelmed!She Was Amazing! She is Truly a"FIRST LADY"! A Woman to Admire & Emulate!"

The cricket-like silence by Oprah, however, may not be that surprising after all. She and the First Lady are rumored to be rivals.

New York Times reporter Edward Klein wrote in his book "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House," about the president, "He seemed to be in awe of the talk-show host, sometimes giving her advice priority over Michelle's."

Meanwhile, from Michelle's perspective, "Oprah's billions and her elite lifestyle disqualified her as an adviser to Barack, who had no truck with wealthy people, except as a source of campaign contributions."

Oprah, in turn, had some alleged issues with the first mama, who she thought judged her harshly for being overweight. The fitness buff reportedly rejected the first lady of talk's offer to help in her campaign to end childhood obesity, telling her staff, "Oprah, with her yo-yo dieting and huge girth, is a terrible role model. Kids will look at Oprah, who's rich and famous and huge, and figure it's OK to be fat."

Ironically, at last week's Republican National Convention, wannabe first lady Ann Romney channeled Oprah when she cried out, ""I love you, womennnnn" in the same tone of voice Oprah formerly used to announce she was giving away a free car to everyone in her audience.

In a seeming attempt to mend fences, Michelle Obama suggested "someone like Oprah" could introduce her husband at the convention tomorrow night better than Clint Eastwood did for Mitt Romney last week in his bizarre convo with an empty chair. However, the First Lady tellingly did not suggest Winfrey do the warm up honors herself.

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