Oprah was once Trump's pick for vice president

  • Oprah was once Trump's pick for vice president

Oprah was once Trump's pick for vice president

OPRAH Winfrey is said to be "actively considering" a run for the White House, after delivering a powerful and widely praised speech at the Golden Globes.

Sound familiar? It should.

What she lacks is political experience.

Rumors have been swirling in political and media circles about Oprah entering the presidential race since she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and delivered a almost nine-minute speech that received a standing ovation at the Golden Globes.

"She launched a rocket tonight".

Just how moved was the crowd inside the Beverly Hilton?

At the event, Ms Winfrey said she had no plan to run for the White House. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have". "But now she doesn't have a choice".

After the speech, Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham was quoted saying a run is a possibility.

Declaring his support, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver started a mini presidential campaign on Instagram and said it would be "the biggest landslide victory in the history of America" if Winfrey runs for the office.

Winfrey said she hoped the spirit of Recy Taylor, a Civil Rights-era rape victim defended by Rosa Parks who died a few days ago, was with all those who are tormented and inspired to keep marching on.

Trump said "Oprah will be lots of fun", adding that he didn't think she would actually run.

Colbert also pointed out that many were calling her speech presidential. When she looks into a camera, it's like she is peering into your soul. "I want her to run for president", Meryl Streep told The Washington Post. Fire and Fury confirms what most of us already assumed, that Trump is, like, completely unfit for the job.

Oprah is a cultural icon; a familiar and revered brand so well-known and pervasive that she no longer needs a surname.

In recent years, Winfrey has lent her star power to endorse Democratic presidential candidates: Barack Obama when he was seeking to become the first black US president in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in her campaign against Trump in 2016.

More than a fifth of Republicans would back Oprah, found the poll, thought to be the first to test Ms Winfrey's popularity against that of Mr Trump.

Unfortunately, in politics, unilateral instincts can be a liability. And her message to male abusers of power?

Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena. But Obama did not jump from that stage in Boston to the Oval Office. That's something she'd need to decide before running. "If all voters care about is whether somebody puts on a good show, we'll just come up with a celebrity of our own".

Speaking to a college graduating class previous year, Winfrey reflected that across her career, every successful move has come down to "intentional living" and betting on herself and her own capabilities, rather than listening to others. But presidential elections tend to be personality driven, and that could work in Winfrey's favor. But her sphere of influence is stronger on the periphery, where she can inspire from a perch not contaminated by the headaches of realpolitik.

For political advice, she could call the Obamas.