“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she thundered. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women … and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” This was the highlight of the Golden Globes Awards speech that Oprah Winfrey gave January 7. The speech was not only well received, it galvanized a lot of people into suggesting that Oprah run for office, specifically the highest office in the land in 2020, against Donald Trump. That in turn caused shockwaves and arguments, both pro and con, amongst Democrats. Today, Oprah finally went on record with her intentions on the subject:
Oprah Winfrey confirmed to InStyle magazine that she won’t be running for president in 2020. In an interview with Editor in Chief Laura Brown, the talk-show mogul said that she “always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what [she] could do and what [she] could not.” Winfrey continued, “And so [a presidential campaign is] not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.” Winfrey even mentioned how she met with one individual “who said that they would help [her] with a campaign,” but she stated, “That’s not for me.”
There are many people heaving a sigh of relief that the 2020 campaign, whatever it may yield, will not devolve into a celebrity v. celebrity circus. At this point the field is wide open for both parties because there is no guarantee that Trump will even finish out his first term let alone run for a second.
We live in interesting times.