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Oprah Not Looking for Obama Job

Over 200,000 wannabe Obama administration workers have filled out a very extensive nine page, online application detailing their traffic tickets, sock puppet internet accounts and potentially sordid diary entries on a form that concludes with:

Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.

But don’t expect to find one very well-known name in that pile of resumes. Talk show hostess gajillionare Oprah Winfrey, unlike the hordes of DC dreamers, has no plans for a government job:

I have a few full-time jobs already and a few full-time commitments, you know — contractual commitments that say I have to be where I am. So, it never ever occurred to me, not even occurred to me…Even if I was offered, I still have contractual commitments and what could I do? I do what I do best on TV every day.

Oprah says during the election that she kept her "mouth shut and supported Barack Obama as a private citizen" — a private citizen who made packed appearances on the campaign trail with the candidate and has the ability to draw guests like Chris Rock,  Stevie Wonder and Cindy Crawford to her estate for a fund raiser that brought in over $3 million.

While Oprah–just named the most powerful woman in entertainment by the Hollywood Reporter–won’t be going to Washington with the new administration, she will be broadcasting at least two episodes of her eponymous talk show during inauguration week, shooting a live episode from the Kennedy Center Opera House on January 19th, and a taping another one the day after the inauguration.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.