Would Oprah Make A Good President?

By on January 8, 2018

A few names have already been tossed around as far as who can challenge President Donald Trump (or whomever is in office at that point) in 2020. Joe Biden. Kirsten Gillibrand. Kamala Harris. And…Oprah Winfrey?

Yes, the woman whose resume includes talk show host, actress, producer, and much, much more is reportedly considering running for the presidency.

Although she has made comments in the past year that perked the ears of many across the country, at the same time she also said she was not considering a run, and in June she shut down the idea completely, saying “I will never run for public office.”

However, Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s longtime partner, said after the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday evening that she would “absolutely do it,” and that such a run would be “up to the people” to decide whether she’d be a good fit or not.

Graham’s comments weren’t the only ones that suggested Winfrey could (or should) make a run for office. After giving an inspiring speech during the acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, others began to suggest she’d make a good commander-in-chief as well. Host Seth Meyers, however, made the suggestion before her speech, during his opening monologue.

Meyers quipped that Trump decided to run for president after being humiliated at a White House correspondents’ dinner while Barack Obama was president. “Some have said that night convinced him to run,” Meyers said. “So, if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president!”

Winfrey’s speech did get political at some points. Addressing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (who put on the Golden Globes), she said during her acceptance that:

We all know the press is under siege these days…I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.

Stedman’s comments and Winfrey’s own reluctance make it seem unlikely that she would make a real run for the presidency unless a “Draft Oprah” movement made a huge grassroots effort urging her to do so. Still, what makes an Oprah Winfrey candidacy so appealing is seeing who is currently in office, and observing that there’s a significantly higher trust for the former talk show host than there is for President Donald Trump (she beat Trump in a hypothetical match-up in March, too).

Americans yearn for a president whom they can trust, and who better to count on that than a woman who gained a high level of it by coming into our living rooms for decades of our lives? Oprah would make a great president — much better than the current option in office — but it’s unclear as of yet whether she’ll make such a run.