The Real Reason Oprah Winfrey Won't Run for President

Feb 16, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. ET
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Now that we have definite confirmation that Oprah Winfrey isn't planning to run for president, we have one more question: Why? It's not that we support the idea of a Winfrey presidency, it's that it just seems like something she would do, you know?

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It turns out that Winfrey hasn't been asked by God to run, and that's what she's waiting for.

After she made her campaign-worthy speech at the Golden Globes, Winfrey said many people were getting in touch, asking if that speech was the kickoff for her political career.

"I had a lot of wealthy men calling, telling me they would run my campaign and raise $1 billion for me," she said. "I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it's worthy of thinking about."

But Winfrey already knew it wasn't in the cards.

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"I've never looked outside for other people to tell me when I should be making a move. And wouldn't I know?" she continued. "If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God kind of tell me? And I haven't heard that."

While she says her role isn't in the White House, Winfrey still knows that she can make a difference just doing what she does best.

"I do feel that I have a 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," she said. "But it never has felt to me that it was supposed to be political, and it still does not feel that to me."

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So, we won't be seeing President Winfrey anytime soon. But that doesn't mean she's going to stop making the world a better place, and that's a very good thing.

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