Speculations surrounding Oprah Winfrey’s run for candidacy in the next presidential election are at an all-time high.
After Oprah delivered a phenomenal acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 75th Golden Globes last Sunday night, “Oprah for President” became the talk of the entertainment world.
Many hopeful viewers interpreted her speech as a campaign rally cry, specifically when she promised the young women watching the Golden Globes at home a better future:
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
She received a standing ovation from the award show’s attendees, but the praise didn’t stop there. Meryl Streep told the Washington Post that Oprah “launched a rocket” with her speech. “I want her to run for president,” Streep said. “I don’t think she had any intention, but now she doesn’t have a choice.”
Oprah’s longtime partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that a run was a possibility. “It’s up to the people,” Graham said. “She would absolutely do it.”
Oprah has respectfully dismissed any suggestion in the past about her possibly running for president, but CNN recently reported that two anonymous individuals have claimed that her confidants have been urging her to run for office for months.
Throughout her career, Oprah has continuously pushed boundaries and promoted unity amongst all. Will she take her inspiration a step further and challenge Trump in the next presidential election? America is hopeful, but the choice is Oprah’s and Oprah’s alone.