Oprah 'actively considering' running for president after gripping speech

To me it is tokenistic: It comes after Studio 10's Jessica Rowe and The Real Housewives of Sydney star Lisa Oldfield called the red carpet protest'dumb
Oprah 'actively considering' running for president after gripping speech
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10 January, 2018

President Donald Trump says he's confident he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a battle for the presidency in 2020 - and says it would be "a lot of fun". At least one emphasized that Winfrey had made no firm decision.Winfrey has said in the past she is not interested in running for president, but the Los Angeles Times quoted Stedman Graham, Winfrey's longtime partner in business and life, as saying on Sunday that, "It's up to the people". 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.

"So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!" Within hours, CNN reported that two close friends of Winfrey had also confirmed that she plans to run. And she was the one person who could do it so strongly.

Oprah, raised in poverty by a single mother, went on to host the top-rated talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years before stepping down in 2011 to focus full-time on her production company Harpo Productions.

Some are suggesting she run for President in 2020.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men", she said to a standing ovation.

She mentioned the #Metoo movement, but did not mention Weinstein, a former Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 83 women.

Such lame tokenism: Lisa Oldfield shared the same view as Jessica later taking to Instagram to share her thoughts
Such lame tokenism: Lisa Oldfield shared the same view as Jessica later taking to Instagram to share her thoughts

Actor Josh Gad wrote: "Can we all agree that Oprah deserves a planet named after her".

Even she is facing criticism, however, from those who haven't paid any attention to her history of speaking out about abuse or who have failed to learn the lesson we've all been hearing. 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. To which Trump replied: "Oprah, I love Oprah". Yes it is. May we all greet it with hope, resolve and faith.

"I do think she's intrigued by the idea; I do think that". What she did last night was great.

Winfrey endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama of IL when he first ran successfully for the U.S. presidency in 2008, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her losing 2016 campaign against Trump.

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.

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