Oprah for President? Behind the Hype

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Stefan Siewe

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About a week ago, if someone told me to imagine if media proprietor, and former talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey was actually being asked by many to run for the upcoming presidential election,I probably would’ve laughed out loud and thought that whoever said that was describing a scene from “The Simpsons” ,but it’s actually true.

Ever since her speech at the Golden Globes ceremony while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award last Sunday the public has been screaming for her to take a shot at getting into the oval office.

She has gained mass amounts of hype online and has even gotten support from celebrity faces such as Steven Spielberg who said “I think Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president,” while promoting his movie “The Post” in London. While she may be the people’s champion at the moment, she is still undecided on whether she’ll run or not. She hasn’t announced any plans to run or even teased fans and hopefuls with the idea of her potentially running the free world. However the idea hasn’t completely been well-received by everyone, multiple groups of people have claimed ownership of the “NOprah” movement and have blasted it all over social media with even one man in Arizona by the name of Lewis applying to trademark the phrase so he can monetize off of it if Oprah runs.

Even in the political sphere though, she has supporters, one of which being CNN’s political commentator Van Jones who states that Oprah in a race  “would destroy anything in front of her.” The esteemed commentator also stated when discussing Oprah becoming president “The question is does she want to do it?” which is exactly true. She doesn’t need to run if she doesn’t want to, she doesn’t get any benefits, some might say she has more to benefit from by not working in politics.

My opinion is that as interesting as cool as it would be having the possibility of having the nation’s first African-American female president,I don’t think she should run because she doesn’t need to run, she doesn’t need the power because she already has arguably more power than the president as a media queen.

She also has zero political experience so she’s unfit to really run the country no matter how much help she gets, but sadly that’s never stopped America before. But who knows what the future may hold for Oprah’s political career.         

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