Oprah Schmaltzes White House for Christmas

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with Oprah Winfrey in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington during a taping of a special, "Christmas at the White House."

    You get an ornament! And you get an ornament!

    Like an angelic, emmy-winning huffamoose bearing tidings of joy and slumping ratings, Oprah descended into the White House this week to film her annual Christmas special.

    Her O-liness talked to President Obama and first lady Michelle about holiday gifts. Obama said that as a rule he gives "nicer stuff than I get." Michelle Obama responded, "No way, I gave you good gifts last year."

    Truly, the rancor in that household is untenable.

    Winfrey's special will include a tour of White House holiday decorations, an appearance by Bo, the family's dog, and a Ron Howard-produced laugh track.

    Winfrey also says she asked the president to give himself a grade on the job he has done. Winfrey hasn't revealed the grade Obama gave, but says it "might surprise you."

    How do you wrap a Gallup Poll, anyway?