Nearly a full calendar year ago, I wrote a piece shutting down the rumors about Oprah Winfrey running for president. There’s a sense of comfort and routine in doing so again after so much time has passed; as much as Americans may have changed in the past year, we still cling to the desperate hope that a beloved celebrity will step in and save us.
Still, despite Oprah’s stunning and campaign-worthy Golden Globes speech that made #Oprah2020 go viral on Twitter, the presidency that much of America tried to will into existence is still off the table.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” the talk show host told InStyle in an interview. “And so it’s not something that interests me.”
“I don’t have the DNA for it,” she continued. “Gayle — who knows me as well as I know myself practically — has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’ So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you — it would be good for everyone else.’ I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
While the interview took place before the Golden Globes speech that left much of America nodding fervently at the screen through hopeful tears, it’s safe to say Oprah likely isn’t running for president against Donald Trump.
That said, if she did, statistics say she would absolutely win.