11 Jan 2018


Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday.

The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey's extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.

Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.

One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.

"President Winfrey" was the talk of the entertainment world after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. And the "Oprah for president?" possibility was a top story on morning TV.

Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Globes ceremony on Sunday, Winfrey used her acceptance speech to praise the “Me Too” campaign that called out sexual harassment.

“I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue,” she said.

Winfrey concluded by saying that “even during our darkest nights” it was possible to “maintain hope for a brighter morning”.

She finished: “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be … [a] time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again”.

Bookmakers PaddyPower put her at 10/1 to win the 2020 election – equal to other Democratic front-runners such as Joe Biden, the former vice president, and Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator.

As some political strategists have pointed out in the past year, her fame and wealth could make her a formidable Democratic Party candidate. But insiders have their doubts too: Would Americans really choose a TV star as president twice in a row?

After the speech, Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham was quoted saying a run is a possibility.

"It's up to the people," Graham told a Los Angeles Times reporter. "She would absolutely do it."

The Washington Post quoted Meryl Streep saying that Winfrey "launched a rocket" with the speech.

"I want her to run for president," Streep told The Post. "I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn't have a choice."

Billionaire businesswoman and talk show host Oprah Winfrey has long insisted that she is apolitical.

"I don't consider myself political, and I seldom interview politicians," she said during a 2008 interview with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

During a 2008 rally for the candidate, Winfrey said she was "not here for partisan beliefs" and that over the years, she'd voted for as many Republicans as she had Democrats.

"So this isn't about partisanship for me," she added. "This is very, very personal."

Winfrey ruled out a presidential bid last June, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I will never run for public office. That’s a pretty definitive thing.”

When it came to the Iraq War, Winfrey was actually far more notable for airing programs that dove into the opposition to the war prior to its outbreak. She held a two-day special to explore the negative implications on Iraq, and some speculated that the Bush administration held a press conference during one of Winfrey's broadcasts to counter the programming.

Winfrey has expressed pro-gun control views, pro-LGBT rights, and has come out in favor of providing a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented Americans protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Additionally, Winfrey has supported a handful of major Democratic candidates and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2013, Winfrey hosted a fundraiser for then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker during his initial Senate bid.

Right now Winfrey has multiple jobs. She's the CEO of the cable channel OWN, a "special correspondent" for the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" and an investor in companies like Weight Watchers.

Her role at CBS News would conflict with any serious exploration of a presidential run. Winfrey recently sold part of her stake in OWN but renewed her contract to remain CEO through 2025. It would be relatively easy to step aside from OWN for a presidential campaign.


In an early morning tweet, Mr Trump said that “African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country”, adding that the Democrats “did nothing for you but get your vote!” It was unclear whether the message was a response to the speculation.

It would pit two of the country’s best known TV stars against each other – and, in the eyes of critics, complete the blurring of the line between politics and entertainment.


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2018/01/30 03:37
my german Boss MERKEL is NOT interested in what these USofA's Trolls do or say  giggle...giggle
2018/01/23 12:42
A Band-Aid solution has been applied as the US moves from crisis to crisis - governing should be able to structure long term plans. We could learn a lot from China's formulation of 5 - 10 year planning system.

2018/01/21 14:45
OK - so Trump can golf guilt-free now the government is SHUT DOWN.   This is making America GREAT again???

2018/01/21 11:38
FOR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE ONLY:   Trumps lastest tweet:      Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018         HISTORIC IS THE ONLY RIGHT PERCEPTION:  Big tax cuts for the rich guys  -  Climate change is just "made up"  - Mainstream news is all fake  - The rich need more money  -  The environment is TOO PROTECTED  -  And he doesn't remember saying "shithole" countries.

2018/01/20 13:30
Well, its official - the US GOVERNMENT HAS SHUT DOWN! And it comes on the 1 year anniversary of Trump's inauguration!

2018/01/20 12:40
American government approaching a "shut down" - I don't think a REBOOT will help its problems at this point.

2018/01/18 14:19
And on another note - not that the guy would listen - but he seriously needs to STEP AWAY from his TWITTER account!

2018/01/18 14:12
US is really in a hot mess these days, but not sure another ill-experienced celebrity would be the answer! All of us would be affected if "nuclear-button" pressing starts up. No matter whose is bigger or smaller!

2018/01/18 12:00
More than 1,000 Norwegians were questioned about their thoughts on prominent world leaders, including Trump. The survey found 45 percent of people said Trump's America posed a threat to the world "to a large extent," while 26 percent said it was a "very large extent."The results were published in Dagbladet, a Norwegian newsmagazine, which said people in the country worry about Trump because he is untraditional as a U.S. president."Trump has the reputation of being ignorant and impulsive," Torbjørn Lindstrøm Knutsen, a politics professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, told Dagbladet. "I think this applies to all of Europe. The world has a picture of Trump as moody, erratic and ignorant."

2018/01/18 11:44
President Donald Trump may want more immigrants from "places like Norway," but polls indicate that Norwegian citizens see the U.S. president as a "real threat to world peace."

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