Oprah Winfrey been asked in the past whether she'd consider running for president, but until recently, the billionaire media proprietor and talk show host hadn't given the matter serious thought. But in the age of President Trump, she's reconsidering — and it looks like she might just be warming up to the idea. That's right, guys: Oprah could totally run for president in 2020. Should we start a super PAC or do you think she'll fund it by herself?
The 63-year-old Oprah Winfrey Network CEO was on Bloomberg's David Rubenstein Show when she spoke about her possible presidential aspirations. Host David Rubenstein asked whether she'd consider running in the future, asking, "Have you ever thought that, given the popularity you have, we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women, that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?"
The question earned applause and cheers from the audience. Smiling, Oprah said:
I never thought that that was... I never considered the question even a possibility. ... I thought, "Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough..." And now I'm thinking: "Oh."
The issue was taped in December, shortly after President Trump's win, but only aired this week. Fans were quick to express support on Twitter, where #Oprah2020 took off.
Of course, an "oh" of realization isn't exactly an announcement of a presidential bid, and in other interviews, Oprah has turned down the idea of running for president. During an interview with Stephen Colbert in January, when she was asked if she had any interest in running for public office, Oprah responded with an enthusiastic, "Never! Never. No, I do not. Never!" (Oprah, these mixed messages, they're tearing me apart!)
According to the Huffington Post, though, Oprah did say she would miss having an African-American first family in the White House. "For me, you know, African-American woman, being able to see that reflection of myself through the girls and through [Michelle Obama], just their presence there, I’m going to miss that," she told Colbert during that same interview. "But it has meant so much to me."
Just think: Oprah could bring that same sense of hope to so many women and African-American girls across the United States. (I mean, no pressure or anything, Oprah. You've still got a good four years to let the idea simmer a little.) Personally, I'm vying for an Oprah Winfrey-Ellen Degeneres ticket or an Oprah Winfrey-Michelle Obama bid. Those are dream teams right there, folks.