After Oprah Winfrey delivered an inspiring speech at the Golden Globes, speculations have been rife that the media mogul may be considering a run for President of the United States. Further fuel was added to the fire when her long time partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that "She (Winfrey) would absolutely do it".
Oprah's best friend TV host Gayle King has a different take though. “I absolutely don’t think her position has changed,” King said in her show CBS This Morning “I was up talking to her late last night. I do think she was intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that after years of watching the ‘Oprah show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”
She also has an explanation why Stedman would say that Winfrey "would absolutely do it". King said that Graham may have misheard the reporter and thought that he was responding to the question "Would she make a good President?"
“That is how he interpreted the question." King explained. "Because here’s the thing: Stedman would never so cavalierly say, ‘Absolutely she would do it. It’s up to the people.’ He would never just throw it out there like that.”
Well, I guess no one else would know the couple better than Gayle, right? But still being "intrigued by the idea" means that a seed has been planted in her mind.
Oprah, of course, has no political experience, but over the years she has interviewed well known political figures from both the United States and abroad. She also endorsed Barack Obama during his 2008 Presidential campaign. Economists have estimated that her endorsement alone was worth a million votes during the Democratic primary and may have swung the nomination in Obama's favor.
She is also an inspirational figure that was able to rise above poverty to become a self-made billionaire. She now runs her own media empire and no one can argue that she does not have a good head for business. Her humble beginnings also means that she can relate to the working-class on a level that a lot of so-called Washington elites don't have.
Trump supporters can't throw her lack of political experience against her since Donald Trump himself never held office before as well. There is also the fact that he actually picked Oprah as his choice for Vice-President on a 1999 interview with Larry King. It will also be a major rebuke for Trump-ism if a self-made woman of color succeeds him as President.
But not everyone on the liberal side thinks that might be a good idea. Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders who almost won the Democratic primary are sceptical with having another political neophyte in the White House.
"We don't need an apprentice at this point in time. We got one. What you see when you have someone is that they can be whipsawed so easily," Executive Director of Nurses United Rose Ann DeMoro said. Her group was one of the major backers of Senator Sanders during the primary. "Everyone loves Oprah," she says but pointed out "The problem is that we are on the precipice of an extremely dangerous time in history, and I believe that this calls for the most seasoned, knowledgeable, in-depth president. To get us to unwind what's going to happen by 2020 is going to take enormous experience."
So what do you think? Will Oprah run? And if she does, can she do an effective job or is Senator Sanders the better option?