Immediately following Oprah Winfrey’s delivery of a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony, the conversation about the 2020 presidential race began. The television host delivered fist-pumping remarks after accepting being the first African American woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In times past, many joked about the mogul running for the Oval Office, but in today’s society, it could easily become a reality. Donald Trump’s successful campaign makes way for Oprah’s seat in the same chair.
During the riveting speech, Oprah addressed the “#MeToo” movement and promised, “A new day is on the horizon” for all women. The acceptance speech struck a chord becoming an instant hit for attendees and viewers; one that will be long remembered for its passion and boldness. It was so moving that it immediately thrust her into the conversation about the 2020 presidential race. Activists and Democratic strategists agree that it is not far-fetched and many believe the media titan has what it takes to win.
To add to the “2020 Oprah for President” hype, in 2006, the satirical cartoon, “The Boondocks” aired an episode titled, “The Return of the King” that ended with a newspaper headline dated November 8, 2020, stating, “Oprah Winfrey Elected President.” Although many black activists, due to its depiction of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, condemned the episode, it went on to win a 2006 Peabody Award. When speaking about a political run, the self-made billionaire said:
I always thought ‘Oh gee, I don’t have enough experience. I don’t know enough, but now I’m thinking, ‘OH!’ It won’t be happening, but I used to think you had to know way more than you need to know. But, anyway, ‘I will NEVER run for public office.
Oprah has kept a relatively discreet profile in recent years, however, Oprah owned the night at Golden Globes. The beloved personality absolutely stole the show by rendering the night’s most powerful and inspirational speech. The speech was drafted with a time of about six minutes, which was three minutes longer than she was originally allotted. After refusing to reduce her acceptance to a mere three minutes, with all of the applause from the electrified audience, the discourse lasted approximately nine minutes.
The actor gave a speech to the magnitude of a political bid. However, at this time she has no intention of running for office. Even still, Trump has clearly made a way for her to run. There was a time when a candidate needed steep knowledge of politics and American history to even be considered in the running. The last election proved that day is now just that… a part of America’s history. In 2016, the nation “voted in” a reality television star in hopes of making “America great, again.”
Is the creator of “The Boondocks” cartoon prophetic or was the infamous episode just a coincidental farce? Aaron McGruder’s comedic series followed the lives of a young black family in an all-white neighborhood. His work, although satirical in nature, constantly bucked norms and pushed sensitive buttons. Whether he believed Ms. Winfrey would one day become president or not, McGruder expressed great respect for the host.
During a 1999 interview, Trump said the “O” would be his first choice for a Vice President if he ran for office. Recently, Jesse Ferguson, Democratic strategist, alleged Oprah would be a viable candidate for the Oval. He said:
Oprah is really everything that Trump pretends to be — successful, self-made, generous, charitable, beloved and the list goes on. he would be a viable candidate because of all she’s accomplished, because of all she’s done for people and because of what she stands for, so it’s very different from Trump.
As it stands, the mogul maintains her disinterest for any type of political office. Until the last election, the idea would have been fictional in theory. However, Trump has now made way for Oprah Winfrey to become the first woman president.
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