Following her epic Golden Globes speech, Oprah was chosen as Twitter's next favorite presidential candidate. But what many thought was a joke one day, turned very real the next. The media mogul's longtime friend and CBS This Morning host Gayle King addressed the Oprah running for president rumors Tuesday morning and said she is "intrigued" by the idea.
While Oprah didn't say explicitly that she was considering running for office, King definitely saw some indication that she wasn't totally turned off to the idea. On Monday night, following the Globes, King saw some interest in Oprah, but stressed that she could always go back to her long-held position that she'd never run for president.
I do think she's intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have a right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it. But listen, there are people who have said they want to be her campaign manager, who want to quit their jobs and campaign for her.
The idea that Oprah should run for president has been floating around for years, and rumors were reignited Monday after she accepted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille award. Her empowering speech focused on eradicating gender inequality, uniting the nation, and combating sexual harassment and assault. After the speech, #Oprah2020 was soon trending.
Even the former interim chairperson for the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile, tweeted about Oprah running in 2020.
In the past, Oprah has always been adamant about the fact that she didn't want to run for public office — telling the Hollywood Reporter in June 2017, "I will never run for public office. That's a pretty definitive thing" — but maybe the buzz after the Globes is actually beginning to change her mind.
In March 2017, Oprah told Bloomberg TV's David Rubenstein that she had "never considered the question even a possibility," when asked if she'd run for president. But, she admitted that after Trump was elected, she realized she might be more qualified than she previously thought. "I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, 'Oh. Oh!'"
At the time, King said that Oprah was only joking with Rubenstein about running for president, and that it "ain't never gonna happen," even adding that she'd bet her first and second born child on it. But it sounds like the possibility is becoming more and more real.
On Jan. 7, after the Golden Globes, Oprah's longtime partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, that it was "up to the people" whether or not Oprah ran for president. "She would absolutely do it," he said.
But not everyone is on board with the entertainment mogul running for office in 2020, with a lot of Oprah fans begging her not to. They feel that the next president of the United States should not come from the entertainment world like Trump, but rather have extensive political experience.
"Not having to learn to govern on the fly should be a baseline for the next POTUS," CNN contributor Jeff Yang tweeted, "as was the case for Obama, she's going to have a lot of immediate cleanup to do."
And yet, the possibly of Oprah running has become so real, even the White House has addressed the rumors. Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley even told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday that they "welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else."
Your move, Oprah.