Posted on March 01 2017
Talk show host and lifestyle icon Oprah Winfrey caused a media stir today with comments she gave to Bloomberg back in December.
In the interview, which was released earlier this week, Winfrey was asked about the election that had just occurred and whether it made her think of running for President. Oprah played coy when it comes to her own presidential potential, but the TV legend did share her reaction to the election of Donald Trump --
"I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'
"And now I'm thinking, 'Oh! Oh.'"
Winfrey is not exactly a stranger to politics. She endorsed Barack Obama in 2007, even appearing with the candidate on the trail. Oprah's endorsement was seen as a major boost to the still largely unknown Senator Obama in his primary battle with Democratic juggernaut Hillary Clinton.
In 2016, Winfrey paid far less attention to the campaign, eventually giving a lukewarm endorsement of Mrs. Clinton . "She's not coming over to your house," Oprah quipped on the T.D. Jakes Show. "You don't have to like her. Do you like democracy, or do you want a demagogue?"
If an Oprah v. Trump election seems like too much to handle, don't start booking your tickets to Canada just yet. Other than her support for Barack Obama, Winfrey has stayed largely outside the political fray during her long career atop the TV ratings and she has dismissed the idea of entering politics on several occasions as well.
Winfrey has been outspoken on specific issues of personal interest, sometimes spiraling into political fallout, like in 1998 when Texas cattle farmers sued Winfrey over remarks about mad cow disease and the safety of eating beef (Oprah was ultimately victorious in the case).
Beyond isolated incidents such as her battle with beef, and comments made on various radio and television programs over the years, Winfrey's personal political leanings remain mostly unknown -- a lot like another celebrity candidate/president, actually.
While there's no doubt Oprah would find plenty to differ with if ever she ran against President Trump, the two might have more in common than anticipated. Winfrey, herself a billionaire, has achieved unparalleled success in media, climbing from meager beginnings in Chicago to become one of the most successful women in the history of American media.
After dominating television talk for decades, Oprah launched OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) in 2011, which joined her magazine 'O', the HARPO production company, and numerous other ventures as part of a vast media empire with Winfrey at the helm.
We may not know how Oprah's views compare with President Trump's, but in 1988 Winfrey was one of the first to ask Donald Trump about running for president when he was her guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.