Could Oprah Really Run for President in 2020?
Oprah Winfrey has dropped a few hints in recent months that she might be considering a 2020 presidential run. And though she said at one point she doesn't see herself ever running, she also doesn't seem to be ruling out the possibility entirely just yet, as a recent interview with Bloomberg's David Rubenstein would suggest.
A few months after the interview, Winfrey once again created suspicion when she retweeted an article from the New York Post, which stated she was the Democrats' best hope in 2020.
"Thanks for your VOTE of confidence," she wrote.
And while it seems unlikely because of her own words saying she will never run, it's still interesting to speculate on the platforms she would champion for if, if, she were to become president.
1. On same-sex marriage
"The God I serve doesn't care whether you're tall or short, or whether you were born black or Asian or gay," Winfrey said in response to an Oprah Show audience member who tried to say Oprah couldn't be Christian and also support gay marriage.
2. On female education
"I have a strong interest — and now background experience — in helping girls become who they were meant to be," Winfrey told People in 2016.
She started a school for girls in South Africa, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
3. On war
"I once did a show titled Is War the Only Answer? In the history of my career, I've never received more hate mail — like 'Go back to Africa' hate mail. I was accused of being un-American for even raising the question," Winfrey wrote in a 2006 issue of O Magazine.
Winfrey was challenging the United States' decision to go to war in the Middle East in 2001. Months after the show aired, she allegedly declined George W. Bush's invitation to lead a tour of Afghanistan with him. She was one of the first vocal opponents of the war.
4. On philanthropy
Winfrey has long made education her largest platform. According to Forbes, as of 2012, Winfrey had donated approximately $400 million to educational causes.
Other notable donations include her gift of $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, $2.5 million to the National Council of Negro Women and $10 million of her own money to Oprah's Angel Network.
5. On health care
Winfrey used her show to support Michael Moore and his 2007 film Sicko, which called for universal health care. "The one film you must see this summer," Winfrey said at the time.
6. On literature
"Some things you do because it is necessary," Winfrey told USA Today on why she discussed books on her show even though the discussions didn't pull in ratings winners.
Winfrey has helped to make literature hip again with her book club. She encourages reading and shares her favorite books with others. She has been so influential in the world of literature, she has even coined the term The Oprah Effect.
7. On religion
Winfrey released a 2015 docuseries called Belief on her network, which looked at religion as a powerful force of good in the world saying, "Our planet is home to countless religions, and nearly every one of those faiths asks us to love — love your God, your family, your neighbor."
8. On the 2016 election
Winfrey initially said on Twitter that she had no intention of endorsing anyone in the 2016 election.
But she later changed her tune and threw her support behind Hillary Clinton.
"Regardless of your politics, it's a seminal moment for women," Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. "What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world."
9. On the glass ceiling
Winfrey stated on the T.D. Jakes Show that a female president would shatter the glass ceiling forever. At the time, she was talking about Clinton's run for office. But since she lost in 2016, maybe it's time for another female to step into her place?
10. On her goal in the world
During an interview with Extra on Oct. 16 at a brunch event where Winfrey was celebrating the release of her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays, Winfrey said her goal for the world is to try to bring light to the world.
"How much light can you bring into the world?" Winfrey said. She added of her book, which is a collection of essays for inspiration, "This is just a piece of light."