Is Oprah the Next TV Politican?

Many people were shocked when Donald Trump won the United States presidential election in November. To many it seemed there were no more rules.


But in a light-hearted moment in an interview on “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” Oprah Winfrey dropped hints that she was seriously considering the option of mounting her own political run.


Of remark is her observation, “I actually never thought that that was — I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh.”


Rubenstein followed up with, “It’s clear that you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?”


Winfrey followed up with, “That’s what I thought. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough,’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh! Oh.'” She would later add, “No, that won’t be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know.”


While it seems unlikely Oprah Winfrey will be targeting the Oval Office in 2020, perhaps more consideration should be given to her attitude of civic-mindedness. As a persistent face of the Forbes 400, Winfrey certainly has the resources to compete in any election she chooses. Further, Winfrey became a contributor to CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ in January. While she may not shoot for a lofty goal like President, she wouldn’t be the first celebrity to tackle becoming a Senator or Governor if her present movement towards current events and politics continues, in the mold of Fred Thompson or Al Franken. Perhaps there is more hiding in her jokes than should be taken at face value.


There’s certainly one thing true of politics in the United States today; anything can happen.


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