A piece in the May 12 issueof The Wall Street Journal suggests that “The private-jet industry may have finally found its savior.”
“It’s great to have a private jet,” she told the students. “Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you.”
“The golden nugget,” Frank wrote, “is the jet part. In these times of hair-shirt capitalism and envy politics, the wealthy have been going to great lengths to pretend they don’t enjoy luxury or want nice stuff. If Oprah were like most of the faux-populist rich today, she would have said something like, “I don’t need private jets, in fact I’m happier flying commercial and living in a small house. I like the simple life.” Of course, she would be lying.”
But she didn’t. She told the truth, which is that flying in a private jet is one of the great material perks that money can buy, and Oprah’s ride is a $42 million Global Express XRS, which certainly counts as one of the better such perks.
On the other hand, blogger Perez Hilton sneered: “Lesson to learn, graduates: It’s good to be Oprah and sucks to be everyone else!”
To read the article: http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2009/05/11/oprah-its-great-to-have-a-private-jet/
To read the speech: http://www.oprah.com/media/20090510-orig-oprah-duke-speech