We still need a definite answer: is Oprah running for president?
Before she sits back down with a focus group of Americans to talk about Trump’s presidency in her capacity as a special contributor at 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey sat down with fellow journalist Ann Silvio. But Silvio brought up a key point, how can Winfrey discuss politics with these people when rumors of her potential presidential bid are still at bay?
“I was just trying to give a good speech,” Oprah explains, saying her powerful speech at the Golden Globes was nothing more than a powerful speech at the Golden Globes. “I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. I cared about landing that speech in the room.”
But Silvio next presses her, making Oprah officially answer: “I am not running for President of the United States.”
Oprah does candidly explain why the rumors did make her think about it.
When there was so much talk about it and Gayle was like, everyday saying, “I think you should think about it. You always say when things show up you should think about it.” I had a lot of wealthy men calling, telling me that they could, that they would run my campaign and raise a billion dollars for me.
I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it’s worthy of thinking about. I have never looked outside for other people to tell me when something, when I should be making a move. Wouldn’t I know, cause if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kind of tell me? And I haven’t heard that.
I do feel that I have responsibility as a person who has a big voice in this country to use it to promote justice and kindness and goodwill in the world but it has never felt to me that that was supposed to be political and it still doesn’t feel that way to me.
I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it’s just not in my spirit. It’s not in my DNA.