NBC News and others in the media are promoting Oprah Winfrey for president over her appearance and speech at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards broadcast where she received the Cecil B. DeMille award.
Oprah Winfrey’s speech Sunday night at the annual Golden Globes set tongues wagging and thumbs tweeting with speculation about her possibly running for president in 2020. The iconic talk show host was the subject of a joke by the award’s host Seth Meyers who taunted her to run for U.S. president.
“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,” Mayers said. “Some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!”
During her acceptance speech, Oprah received not one but three standing ovations in the annual award. She stirred the masses in the audience and online when the famously inspirational speaker spoke against sexual assault and harassment of women and in support of the Time’s Up Initiative.
Oprah then said,
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.” “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she later said, drawing her third standing ovation. “And when that new day final 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!”
Winfrey’s speech was followed by a flurry of Twitter posts praising her — “You have changed my life,” wrote singer Mariah Carey. Some of those tweets either projected a political future for her or fervently wished for one.
“She’s running. A new day is on the way,” tweeted performer Leslie Odom Jr.
“OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT!!!! #Oprah2020,” wrote comedian-writer Larry Wilmore.
“Oprah/Michelle 2020,” tweeted comedian Sarah Silverman, echoed by actor John Stamos’ “#Oprah2020 !!!”
The Huffington Post’s Lydia Polgreen qualified that notion a bit.
“Oprah is already Queen she doesn’t need to be president,” she tweeted.
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018