Following Oprah’s earth-shattering speech at the Golden Globes last night, speculation around a future presidential run has hit a fevered pitch. The rumors and jokes about Oprah running for president have been around for a long time. She’s said before that it’s not something she was interested in, but some people are thinking (or hoping?) that the events of the last couple of years may have convinced her to go for it.
Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. Her speech was, hands down, the best part of the night. And it will go down in history as one of the best speeches EVER.
As soon as the applause died down and Oprah left the stage, the presidential jokes and speculation started. Maybe we all just miss listening to someone who can actually speak eloquently in a public forum? Or maybe everyone has just resigned themselves to the fact that pretty much anyone can be president now, after the idiot who currently rests his ass in the Oval Office.
Switched back to the Golden Globes to watch Oprah get her award. Never let it be said that I don’t respect the president of the United States.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 8, 2018
Our president is giving her state of the union.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 8, 2018
Seth Meyers: "In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the WHCD… I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president. You do not have what it takes. And Hanks. Where's Hanks? You will never be vice president." #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/vQzxrHZfrt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 8, 2018
But seriously, Oprah for president speculation:
(A) makes some sense, all things considered
(B) is based on *zero* evidence that she'd even consider doing it
(C) has actually been around for a while! Q-poll in March had her nat'l approval at +29. pic.twitter.com/42ggO4WFda
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) January 8, 2018
A national approval of +29 is actually pretty decent!
Once Donald Trump was elected president, it seemed to signal the end of dignity and experience as a requirement for office. That’s not to say that Oprah isn’t dignified. Good gravy, she has more dignity and intelligence in her pinky toe nail than that oaf does in his entire bloated skin bag of a body. But would she make a good president? I don’t know. Probably? She would certainly surround herself with the right people and do a far better than what we have now. But is it too much to ask that the person who holds the highest political office in the world be an ACTUAL politician?
The LA Times asked Oprah’s long-time partner Stedman Graham about her presidential aspirations, and his answer was actually pretty surprising. “It’s up to the people,” said Graham. “She would absolutely do it.”
What did you think of Oprah’s speech? Was it a precursor to a presidential run? Or was it just Queen Oprah being her usual amazing self?
(Image: YouTube / The Obama White House)