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Word is out that Oprah is interviewing our first African-American president, Barack Obama, for a December 13 Christmas special on ABC.

What a surprise!

Seeing that Barack is an old pal, the upside is that Oprah will probably skip most of the in-depth research she normally does for celebrity interviews.

(Think she might ask Barack the kind of hard questions that Couric asked Sarah Palin? “Ah, what newspapers do you read, Mr. President?”)

There’s a potential downside with some of her white fans. When they see her sitting next to Barack,  people in places like North Dakota and New Hampshire are going to put two and two together and finally realize that it’s not a bad cable connection —  Oprah is actually a black woman.