Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner says

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner says

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner says

Oprah Winfrey is "intrigued" by the idea of running for US president, but she is not "actively considering" it right now, her best friend Gayle King said Tuesday. Trevor Noah can see it.

When Oprah Winfrey delivered that line at the climax of her thunderous Golden Globes speech Sunday night, my reaction was the same as everyone else's: Is it my imagination, or does that sound like a well-crafted slogan for a presidential campaign?

Giving the speech as she received the Cecil B DeMille award meant no one could say "who are you to tell us what's wrong with our industry and what needs to change?"

"Oprah would be a lot of fun, I know her very well, you know I did one of her last shows".

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The speech prompted speculation that Oprah may be considering running for the presidency in 2020.

But given her connections, Winfrey might have a fund-raising advantage over her rivals in liberal Hollywood, which is often called an automatic teller machine for Democratic candidates. There, she brilliantly intertwined her own journey, speaking of herself as a young black girl watching Sidney Poitier receive the same award, with those of all the women of #MeToo, including Recy Taylor, a black woman who was violently raped by six white men and had just passed away. "They're the complete opposite!"

"No, I like Oprah, I don't think she's gonna run".

Forbes a year ago estimated her net worth at US$3 billion and placed her third on its list of the America's richest self-made women.

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Meryl Streep was quoted as telling the Washington Post that she wanted Winfrey to run for president.

Winfrey was raised in poverty by a single mother and went on to host the top-rated talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 25 years before ending it in 2011.

Winfrey's close friend, CBS anchor Gayle King, said Tuesday that Winfrey is "intrigued by the idea" of running for president, but did not write her speech with politics in mind. - I thought it sounded nearly like a campaign speech.

Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, tweeted her support for Winfrey - though not necessarily politically. "I wanted this to be a meaningful moment".

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Weight Watchers, which was hammered by free fitness apps and years of subscriber losses, has mounted a comeback since Winfrey bought a stake, joined the board and agreed to pitch the brand in 2015. But we should also be mindful that many people have underestimated Winfrey during the course of her long career.

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