Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Actor James Woods Tweets About 'President' Oprah

Actor James Woods Tweets About 'President' Oprah

"I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run". The speech struck a chord, drawing comparisons to then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, which launched him toward the presidency four years later.

In the meantime, as Oprah promised, "a new day is on the horizon" - and it's up to all of us to make sure it dawns. Winfrey could supplement any campaign with her own wealth.

"I don't think at this point she is actually considering it" said Winfrey's best friend Gayle King, who is also a television personality.

On Tuesday, two anonymous sources close to Ms Winfrey told CNN she is "actively thinking" about running for president.

"I slept on it and came to the conclusion that the Oprah thing isn't that insane", tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, the president Winfrey was credited with helping to elect in 2008. Despite a backstage denial by Winfrey, her speech and subsequent reports fueled speculation that she may be considering a presidential run in 2020. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.

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With nearly three years to run, there is still all to play for in the 2020 presidential election.

Actor Josh Gad wrote: "Can we all agree that Oprah deserves a planet named after her". Whereas many recipients of lifetime achievement awards take time to reflect on their time in the industry, Oprah took a moment to uplift the late civil rights figure Recy Taylor.

The White House even waded in, saying Trump would "welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else", when a spokesman was grilled aboard Air Force One. "You always have the right to change your mind".

No clear Democratic front-runner has emerged to challenge Trump in 2020, with the immediate political focus in the US on November's congressional elections, when the 435-member House of Representatives will be up for election, along with a third of the 100-member Senate. Magnificent speech, magnificent career, magnificent woman!

It is not the first time that Winfrey's name has been associated with a White House. On the other, for the sake of the nation and the world, somebody has to beat Trump in 2020 - and it's not as if the Democratic Party has a lineup of potential candidates that begin to match Winfrey in charisma and star quality.

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