Oprah For President Or Nah?
Celebrating the new year always ushers in the hope of new things and change of the old. We are only eight days in and the Golden Globes didn't disappoint as they gave everyone the glimmer of hope and media hype we all were longing for. The news cycle and political pundits can go on for weeks with this one.
Oprah Winfrey became the first African-American woman to receive the Cecil B. Demille honor at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Her long running talk show, network, books, magazine and sphere of influence makes her more than qualified. Her powerful acceptance speech easily transcended into a political message and our ears and hearts found the refreshing we were seeking. The audience was electrified and the television viewers started wishing she was the President, NOW.
You have to admit, there is an air of excitement about her candidacy for the highest office in the land that makes the idea so attractive right now. She wouldn't be the first woman to run but she could actually be the First Woman President and First African American Woman President. This could be a good thing, especially if we consider where our nation stands currently - divided, unhinged and critical. Oprah could possibly be The Great Uniter that our crumbling democracy so desperately needs.
Personally, I think Oprah is too good for the Office of the President and she should not run. She is much more effective as she is now, a leader who has never compromised. Oprah likes to talk, to work things out, and she is a tenacious problem solver. Her good heart would be overwhelmed and stressed by the silent, popular prejudices of others.
Oprah doesn't need the Office of the President to be the awesome, accomplished, inspiring human she already is.
So no, please don't run for President. Stay gold Oprah, stay gold.