CNN is reporting that two sources close to Oprah Winfrey say that although she has not made up her mind, the superstar is inching closer towards announcing her presidential run.
Although Winfrey has deflected questions about a presidential run in the past, she has also acknowledged that President Trump’s election upended assumptions about how to pursue political office.
After the speech, Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham was quoted saying a run is certainly a possibility.
“It’s up to the people,” Graham told a Los Angeles Times reporter. “She would absolutely do it.”
And after last night’s show-stopping speech, the roar of the people may be harder to ignore.
Meryl Streep was quoted saying that Winfrey “launched a rocket” last night.
“I want her to run for president,” Streep told The Post. “I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
Seth Meyers apparently agrees.
“Oprah,” Meyers said, looking out at her in the audience, “in 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner — jokes about how he was unqualified to be president — and some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!”
I’m still on the fence. I love Oprah, but if this year has taught us anything, it’s that political inexperience is not a good thing when it comes to running the country. We need better politicians, not celebrities with high Q ratings.
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