Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Reactions to Oprah Winfrey's Presidential-like Speech

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Stacy Diaz | 12 January, 2018, 20:48

But in a post-Trump political landscape, that traditional path may not matter.

It's unclear if President Donald Trump watched Winfrey's powerful remarks at the Golden Globes Sunday night.

Winfrey has been incredibly open about her personal life, on her talk show and also with her endorsement of Weight Watchers, the diet program in which she bought a stake in 2015. The dieting company's shares jumped 12.2% in trading Monday to close at $52.62, up $5.71.

Winfrey, in September and October, publicly dismissed the notion of seeking the nation's highest office, though she noted that Trump's victory made her rethink the requirements of the office.

But some would argue the similarities end there.

It's tempting to see all this attention paid to Oprah and say, "Hey, at least she'd be better than Trump". But within 18 months, even Hollywood liberals would turn on Winfrey if she failed to enact their vision, which is precisely what would happen because being president is not the same as being a mogul.

What reason is there to think that she would be a good president other than the fact that she is Oprah, the beloved and famous figure who, if she ran, would suddenly become much less beloved and suddenly responsible for every famous word she has ever uttered?

"All this stuff about what people usually do is out the window", he said. She 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. "Oprah Winfrey just fired a warning flare in the sky for anyone who still doesn't get that the parties no longer control their own nominations". And the "Oprah for president?" possibility was a top story on morning TV.

"But she'd occupy a very important space in the race that right now no one else could fill", Cutter said.

"Winfrey, 63, stole the show at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night with her speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement and lit up Twitter with a surge of tweets carrying "#Oprahforpresident" and "#Oprah2020".

I don't know how Oprah would do with all of that.

It's possible that after Trump, voters may swing back to a candidate with more experience in government, said Jacob Neiheisel, assistant political science professor at the University at Buffalo.

Nominating Oprah would be, in effect, to say Democrats will respond to a uniquely unqualified and dangerous-to-the-country billionaire celebrity president (now, according to the Wall Street Journal, apparently considering a targeted strike at North Korea that would deliver a "bloody nose" but not a bloody response) by nominating a vastly better, almost-certainly-not-dangerous billionaire celebrity candidate who speaks in well-formed sentences and tends not to say, like, like.

But would she beat our current president?

"There is nothing I want less", said Kathleen D. Trombley. We live in a time in which a gossipy, tell-all book has become the central framework in judging the Trumpian presidency and White House team.

He told Larry King on CNN in 1999 that she would be his "first choice" for a running mate if he ran for president.

In any case, this gesture of Ivanka Trump towards women's empowerment doesn't look like it got the positive feedback she probably hoped for.

She focused her speech on the sexual harassment prevention initiative Time's Up.