Oprah Teases Bid for Presidency in 2020

Oprah Teases Bid for Presidency in 2020

In Oprah we trust.

In Oprah we trust.

Text: Jacob Seferian

As history has proven, there’s very little Oprah Winfrey cannot do. 

In an appearance on The David Rubenstein Showthe TV show host was asked if she would break the glass ceiling and consider running for president. While she admitted she never seriously entertained the idea, she added, "I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh,’” with a sly smile. The audience erupted in cheers at what was no doubt a jab at Trump.

Winfrey is no stranger to the suggestion, having previously dismissed the prospect of a presidential bid on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and Stephen Colbert's The Late Show.

However, thanks to Trump, a TV personality holding the highest office of the land is no longer unprecedented. If she were to humor the notion, the news-anchor-turned-talk-show host would not be without support, having amassed a massive global following after 30 years in the media spotlight. In fact, her appeal is so far reaching investors have coined the term "the Oprah effect" to describe the extreme surge in business felt by brands and products upon receiving an endorsement from Winfrey. Even humans have reaped the benefits of her influential powers, with some economists estimating that her political support of Obama in 2008 earned the former President up to one million extra votes. Think of the possibilities if O channeled her marketing savvy into a campaign—you get universal healthcare, you get paid maternity leave!

While Winfrey is most likely joking, we can think of far less qualified people to run (or running) the country.

Credits: Cover photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.

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