The People™ want Oprah for President and they want her now. This is, of course, based on the charged-up crowd and internet reaction to Ms. Winfrey's Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night. The speech, which you can view above, lasted more than 9 minutes and covered everything from Oprah's upbringing to her inspirations to the rampant claims of sexual harassment that have ignited Hollywood.
For a Golden Globes acceptance speech, Oprah more than delivered. But she was so effective, and her speech so rousing, that people quickly got to talking about Oprah in a presidential sense.
Oprah. 2020.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 8, 2018
When Oprah is speaking at the Golden Globes and your goals shift to VP... pic.twitter.com/3ghEVMmCwF— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 8, 2018
I mean, yeah, Oprah for President, let's make this happen. Oprah 2020. President Winfrey. O(prah) Say Can You See. It's a Win/Win(frey).— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) January 8, 2018
Weeeell, Oprah's main squeeze Stedman Graham stoked the world leader fire by telling the LA Times, "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." Add to that the fact that two of Oprah's "close friends" told CNN Money after the speech that she has been "actively thinking" about running in 2020. But is it actually likely? She's mostly shot it down, but in an interview last March with Bloomberg, Oprah played back her thoughts about potentially running: "I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, 'Oh!'"
Oprah's speech alone points to her reasons why she would be hella levels above the piece of excrement currently soiling the Oval Office floor.
Isn't that what we look for in our world leaders? Grace, poise, and attention to detail? In a moment that seemed like a direct dig at Trump, Oprah showed love to the newspapers currently under fire during this presidency.
We also know it's the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To -- to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that 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.
She respects and learns from her predecessors
Even though she's not a politician, Oprah understands the importance of hierarchy and history. She demonstrated that perfectly with the opening of her speech.
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: "The winner is Sidney Poitier.
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.
Oprah fucked the game up in the best way possible with the end of her speech, which focused on the #MeToo movement that has swept abusive men out of Hollywood. But her speech went beyond Tinseltown and reverberated out to the everyday citizen. Women—often the most downtrodden in society, and the least heard—were Oprah's focus.
It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So 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. They're the women whose names we'll never know.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," she continued. "But their time is up. Their time is up." Listen: go to 6:25 of the speech and peep the way Oprah says, "their time is up." It's low and humble the first go-round, nothing to write home about. But then, she says it again with vigor and conviction, and the audience stands and applauds like this might be the beginning of something bigger.
All of that completely solid evidence aside, some people out there feel like boosting Oprah up to the presidential role might be a reach.
wait, you guys actually want oprah to run for president? like, that's not just something to say for jokes? some of you think that's a good idea?— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) January 8, 2018
Oprah is lovely, she isn't qualified to be President though. Can we stop with the cult of personality approach to politics?— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) January 8, 2018
But let's be real: it's not like the unconventional path hasn't been taken before. Ronald Reagan was a movie star. Trump is a reality star; he's just broadcasting live from the White House these days. And Oprah is an incredibly successful talk-show host, actress, producer and entertainment mogul. Do I need to write the word "successful" again to get my point across? Or do we need to wait a couple decades for the country to burn down so she can gain some "political experience"?
The tides have turned post-Trump, and the U.S.S. America is sailing in a direction we've never been in before. The presidency is up for grabs, and you'd be a fucking fool to think we wouldn't be in good hands with Mother Oprah as our Commander-in-Chief.