The case for — and against — President Oprah.
What began as a hashtag — #Oprah2020 — and a few jokes on Twitter has escalated to full-blown theorizing of Oprah Winfrey’s chances of landing in the Oval Office.
After Winfrey’s powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, even President Donald Trump weighing in on the prospect, and his daughter, Ivanka, tried to ride the Oprah wave. An idea that a couple of years ago would have seemed all but impossible now has plenty of political observers asking: Why not?
Oprah certainly possess a level of star power that rivals, even surpasses, Trump’s. She has 100 percent name recognition and is well-liked, especially among coalitions important to Democrats — women, African Americans. Some, however, are already begging Winfrey not to run. America shouldn’t be a place where celebrity is a prerequisite for politics, they say, and we don’t need another political novice in the White House.
Responding to the buzz, President Trump on Tuesday said Winfrey’s hypothetical campaign would be “lots of fun.” “I did one of her last shows. … I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run,” he said.
At least some in the political world seem to be taking the Oprah 2020 idea seriously — showing just how much Trump’s election has rewritten the rules of celebrities in politics. Oprah proved in 2008 that she has plenty of political power; her Golden Globes speech has sparked debate about how she should use it.
Oprah delivered one heck of a speech
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!” Winfrey declared while accepting the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement on Sunday. (You can read the full transcript of the Read More Here