Oprah Changes Thinking About Possible White House Run

Trump's win made her realized government experience not needed
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2017 1:55 PM CST
Oprah for President? She's Not Saying No Anymore
Oprah in the White House?   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

An #Oprah2020 hashtag popped up on Twitter Wednesday, and it wasn't spurred by some random liberal pipe dream, but by the person the Daily Beast describes as our "national darling." In an interview with Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein for his Bloomberg Television talk show, Winfrey said she'd never seriously considered a run because she has no government experience. But then Donald Trump came along and moved into the Oval Office, a fact that Winfrey says has made her rethink her original assessment.

"I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' … And now I'm thinking—oh," she told Rubenstein, who added "it's clear" that a resume packed with government know-how is no longer required for the job. Variety reports that what wasn't clear was Oprah's seriousness on the matter, though it notes she was an active participant in Barack Obama's two presidential runs, taking part in fundraisers and rallies. She was also a Hillary Clinton supporter, though she said in October she didn't make more noise on that front because she didn't think anyone would hear her over all of the "disgusting vitriol," per the Huffington Post. (Oprah recently shared why she never had kids.)

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