President Winfrey? Oprah says in the age of Trump that she could run for the White House despite being unqualified for the job
- Oprah said she had never thought about possibly being president until Donald Trump won the job
- She believed she was unqualified and didn’t have enough raw knowledge
- ‘And now I’m thinking, “Oh! Oh!” she said’
- Oprah would be the first woman president if she were to leverage her near-universal name ID to match Trump’s political lightning moment
- She already built a successful broadcasting career on unlikely triumphs, including a ratings war that saw her beat legendary interviewer Phil Donahue
The improbable political rise of Donald Trump has led Oprah Winfrey to think about whether or not she could become the second TV entertainer to work in the Oval Office.
Oprah told Bloomberg interviewer David Rubenstein that before Trump won the November election, she thought she was unqualified to be president.
But not anymore.
‘I actually never thought that that was – I never considered the question, even a possibility,’ she said.
But when reality-show icon Trump beat longtime politician Hillary Clinton, she said, ‘I just thought, “Oh! Oh!”‘
‘I thought, “Oh, gee, I don’t have experience. I don’t know enough. I don’t.”
‘And now I’m thinking, “Oh! Oh!”‘
Oprah would be the first woman president if she were to leverage her near-universal name ID and nationwide support to match Trump’s political lightning moment.
She told Rubenstein, a famed philanthropist who interviews business leaders on his show, that she built her career on one unlikely triumph after another.
When she was hired to host ‘A. M. Chicago’ in 1984, she said, most of her friends predicted she would fail because her show competed with legendary interviewer Phil Donahue.
‘It didn’t matter to me, because I did not think that he was beatable,’ she recalled.
But ultimately, ‘I beat him. I did. I wasn’t trying to.’
If Oprah should run for president and win, she would gain one of the only pulic platforms bigger than the one she already enjoys.
Her lifestyle brand and ‘OWN’ cable TV network followed the 25-year run of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and her starring role in the film ‘The Color Purple.’
Countless millions saw her on TV internationally.
Despite the ratings, she said the founding of a girls’ school in South Africa remains her proudest achievement.
But one famous friend warned her that her legacy could be about something unexpected.
‘I remember when I started the school,’ she recalled, ‘I said to my beloved friend Maya Angelou, I said: “Maya, I’m so, I’m just so proud that I was going to be able to create this school.” I said, “This is going to be my greatest legacy.”‘
‘And Maya said to me, “You have no idea. You have no idea what your legacy will be … because your legacy is every life you’ve touched”.’