Over the course of the three weeks since her rousing acceptance speech at the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards, the prospect of multimedia giant Oprah Winfrey running for President of the United States has grown rapidly in the hearts and minds of her fans and supporters. Which pretty much begs the question: did anyone actually ask Winfrey if she wanted to run?
In an interview conducted with InStyle magazine prior to the Golden Globes (set to hit newsstands on February 9th), Winfrey seems secure in knowing what works and what doesn’t work for her — and running for President doesn’t seem to work for her:
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award on January 7th in recognition of a lifetime of accomplishments, many viewed her words as a test of public reaction and political waters for a potential presidential bid. It’s not just social media that’s gone “Oprah 2020” crazy, either: even mainstream news networks and websites have started playing the old “so who would her running mate be?” game based on nothing more than an awards ceremony speech. I’m pretty sure Fox News already has her losing to Donald Trump by 126% and in league with Hillary Clinton and the planet Q’Nok-7 to ship “super-uranium-x” to their home planet.
But Winfrey doesn’t seem interested in any of that; and though the interview was conducted three weeks before The Globes, Winfrey’s views on her 2020 prospects mirror what best friend and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King has been telling everyone since post-Globes speculation began running rampant. During the interview, Winfrey relates how King was actually pushing the issue of running when the talk first began:
“Gayle – who knows me as well as I know myself practically – has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’ So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you – it would be good for everyone else.’ I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”