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Winfrey's Globes speech creates buzz about 2020 prez run

Winfrey's Globes speech creates buzz about 2020 prez run

But let's all take a breath.

That's not to say Oprah didn't give a great speech, because she did, and speech-making is indeed part of running for and serving as president.

While a theoretical President Oprah would usher in a new age of hope and change, at least in rhetoric, when it comes to actually governing, odds are she'd be a spectacular flame-out and in very short order.

Winfrey's discussion of women's rights and equality at the Golden Globes is what got everyone speculating about her potential run for office in the first place. This is the idea that if you wish really hard for something - say, washboard abs or a new Birkin bag - it will, through the magical power created by your thoughts, find its way to you.

Winfrey, a filmmaker, actor, philanthropist, Presidential Medal Of Freedom victor and star of the upcoming adaptation "A Wrinkle in Time", said speaking up is more important now than ever, as the media and the very idea of facts are under siege.

An election never goes by without a healthy number of candidates claiming that they're the best person for the job because they have no relevant experience and know nothing about it.

The celebrity businesswoman and television personality has always played down a political future.

It echoed comments Trump made in 1999, when he was weighing a presidential candidacy in the Reform Party.

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"There will be no running for office of any kind for me", Winfrey said.

Remember when everyone was freaking out about what they would call Bill Clinton if Hillary Clinton had been elected? Barack Obama back in 2007. "I 100% know who I used to work for". And it isn't as though Democrats are going to have any shortage of choices in 2020.

"Our members felt very strongly that they wanted to send a message to not just women in this industry but all people who were experiencing sexual violence in the workplace that they are not alone", Ramirez said.

Which is unusual, because this should be an easy decision: just say no, Oprah. That's indisputably true, but it's also beside the point. "I don't, I don't", she reportedly said backstage when asked if she planned to run. Being president isn't like hosting a talk show or running a media brand. The White House has been quick to react about the buzz, saying US President Donald Trump would gladly face her as an opponent in the presidential race.

Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena.

Winfrey is "intrigued by the idea" of a presidential bid, best friend and CBS "This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King said Tuesday, and is taking the idea seriously, per friends of the former talk show host.

However, the current President's daughter, Ivanka, has been ridiculed for using the #TimeUp hashtag in her Tweet, after her father faced multiple allegation of sexual harassment, which he has denied. There's a strong possibility that, just as Trump did in the 2016 primaries, she'd suck up every ounce of media attention, limiting the ability of the more experienced and serious candidates to make their case to primary voters. But over the ensuing years, he proved he was worthy of the outsize expectations that had been placed upon him.

Rumors have been swirling in political and media circles about Oprah entering the presidential race since she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and delivered a almost nine-minute speech that received a standing ovation at the Golden Globes.