Reports of a potential run at the White House in 2020 for media mogul Oprah Winfrey are gathering steam.
At Sunday’s 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, Oprah’s speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award reignited the speculation that she has presidential ambitions.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times after the show, Winfrey’s long-time partner Stedman Graham said she would actually run if the people wanted it.
“It’s up to the people,” he told the paper when asked about Winfrey’s political ambitions (or lack thereof) following her acceptance speech. Even so, he continued, “She would absolutely do it” if the circumstances for such a career change proved possible.
A lot of people reportedly want her to run, including host Seth Myers, who may have given Donald Trump the idea to run back in 20011.
Myers said: “In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Jokes about how he was unqualified to be president. Some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I would just like to say, ‘Oprah you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!’”
Actress Meryl Streep echoed Myers’ sentiments, saying: “[Oprah] launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president.
“I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
The 63-year-old, who left most of the audience in tears, began her speech speaking about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best actor Academy Award in 1964.
“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award,’ Oprah said. ‘It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”
“I want all the girls watching here to know that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”