Trump said Tuesday he doubted Winfrey would run, but if she did, he would win. But it is also a reminder that when the last out-of-the-blue celebrity candidate entered a presidential race, the media shrugged him off as a joke. Why would Oprah, who at the moment never has to encounter anyone who isn't in awe of her, want to sign up for that? Oprah's long time partner Stedman Graham hinted on the weekend that she might be into a White House bid.
That's when it dawned on me: the Trump effect goes far beyond the oval office, he's completely reshaped how we view the position of president forever.
There are many good reasons why Oprah should run and very few bad ones.
Her impassioned speech about the importance of tackling inequality drew plaudits from coast to coast. Everything she touches turns to gold, so why not give politics a spin? "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are here tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody has to say, 'Me too, ' again!"
But let's not forget the words she spoke on Sunday. He added, "I think she'll learn on the job the same way Bill Clinton learned - a former governor of Arkansas - or Barack Obama, a junior senator, learned on the job". Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. And the "Oprah for president?" possibility was a top story on morning TV. "But justice wasn't an option in the era of Jim Crow". More Recy Taylors and Rosa Parks are needed today. Oprah brought the audience to a standing ovation with her moving speech on women's struggles and achievements. It is opposite to what the current president addresses. If experience was all that mattered to become president, these individuals would have become president.
Trump was asked about Oprah running during a recent cabinet meeting, and he said, "Yeah, I'll beat Oprah".
Winfrey was among the (overwhelming majority of) women who wore all black to Sunday's event, eliciting the red carpet question "Why are you wearing this?" as opposed to the usual "Who are you wearing?"
King described being in the room as "electrifying" and said producers wanted her to originally keep it to three minutes.
On the one hand, when Oprah speaks, the crops flourish.
She is, of course, a household name. Oprah is a humanitarian, philanthropist, educator-having opened a school in Africa for girls, a successful CEO, among many more things.
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