Oprah Winfrey for president? An exhausted America would vote yes

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"He's right. She's a lesbian", McInnes said, before going on to refer to Steadman Graham, Oprah's longtime partner, as a "human dildo that she would use" with her friend Gayle King who "must be crying himself to sleep at night".

Winfrey had barely heralded a "new day" following a sexual harassment watershed, before calls snowballed for one of America's most famous women, a self-made tycoon born into poverty, to run for the highest office in the free world.

But while her Golden Globes speech certainly struck a chord, and, as King described it, was "the right person giving the right speech at the right time", it wasn't written "as a launching pad for what she wants to do". "I don't think at this point she is actually considering it". Absolutely. But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that. Winfrey, presiding regally over the evening from the front row where she was acknowledged again and again by awed actors as they accepted their awards, just laughed heartily. In fact, she was brought into the mix nearly 20 years ago by current President Donald Trump.

"The question is: does she want to be demoted from queen of the universe to president of the United States?"

Winfrey has raised millions of dollars for various causes, including shelters for battered women but, like Trump when he launched his White House campaign, she has no prior experience in government. But now she doesn't have a choice, ' Streep said.

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If the speculation is wishful thinking, Winfrey's fame and wealth, extraordinary personal story overcoming poverty, child sexual abuse and pregnancy to build a $2.8 billion fortune and Oscar-nominated acting career, the scales would definitely tilt in her favour.

A March 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University gave Winfrey a 52% favourable rating compared to Trump's then 41% job approval rating. The 63-year-old, who yesterday became the first African-American woman to win the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, used the platform to say that discrimination based on race and gender was no longer acceptable.

"I've interviewed and portrayed people who've withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights", she said.

Oprah hasn't personally given a clear answer on a presidential run since the speech, but she publicly ruled it out as recently as three months ago. "It is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award".

But some media commentators also injected skepticism into the surge of excitement among fans of the former talk show star, saying the Democratic Party and the country might well reject the notion of another celebrity political novice following Trump's 2016 election.

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