Oprah Winfrey has enjoyed an untouchable status as one of the most revered and inspiring black women in entertainment. She made her mark on the Oprah Winfrey show which had her appearing on the screens of millions of women around the world.
Her 25 years on the Oprah Winfrey Show has ensured that she has a name that is near impossible not to recognize. She would eventually retire the Oprah Winfrey show, choosing instead to spread out her goodness with her own lifestyle brand and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) a cable TV network.
Donald Trump’s success in getting America’s top man job seemed to have opened up Oprah’s stance on a presidential bid as a conversation between her and billionaire David Rubenstein on Bloomberg’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” was aired.
During the conversation, Oprah signaled a possible openness to pursue a presidential bid when Rubenstein asked whether she may be able to break the glass ceiling to be elected president.
“I actually never thought that that was — I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh,”
It is a serious gentling of her stance shared in a January appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where the question was posed to her and she proclaimed; “Never”.
This time, she told the Bloomberg interviewer that before Trump won she had considered herself unqualified to be President. In answer to Rubenstein’s statement saying “It’s clear that you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?” Oprah replied;
“That’s what I thought. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough and now I’m thinking, ‘Oh! Oh.'”
Probably anticipating the number of people who would be excited by an Oprah Winfrey ticket in 2020, she was quick to clarify later in the interview;
“No, that won’t be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know.”
It also helps (so things are in perspective) to consider that Oprah’s spokeswoman Rachel Nagler said that the show was actually taped on December 12 although it was only released on Wednesday. So Oprah’s “Never” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” seems to still be her final answer on the issue.
All that has not stopped various people from sharing their excitement about the prospect on social media.