Oprah Winfrey has been asked by several groups to consider running for the presidency against Donald Trump in 2020. Her response came in a 60 Minutes interview when she said it’s “not in my DNA”. And, “God has not told me to run”.
Now, I’m as religious as the next person. I do believe that God talks to us and tells us stuff. I know He’s talked to me. But He has never told me to seek political office, or go for a certain job, or write these blogs. Frankly, I don’t think He cares if I do it or not. And I’m pretty sure (though I can’t say for sure, obviously), that He doesn’t care if Oprah does as well.
I’m not an Oprah Winfrey fan. Let’s get that out there right away. I think she’s not anywhere near as talented as the world makes her out to be. She’s got a great publicist, and a great team behind her. But a) I hate her politics, and b) I don’t think she’s all that special. Of course, if you gave your audience cars and furs, and all the crap she dishes out, I suppose they’d love you too, right?
So, yes, I’m coming at this from a bias. That bias is that Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have the skills to be president. She doesn’t come from a background that lends itself to do anything like that. I know folks would say the same for Ronald Reagan, and I would disagree. They don’t realize that for ten years he traveled the country speaking to General Electric employees about the values of conservatism. He honed his speech so well, it was easy for him to give. Oprah hasn’t done any of that. And besides, we saw all too well what happens when former TV stars try to get involved with politics with Al Franken. That ended real well, didn’t it?
Oprah Winfrey may be smart enough to be president, she’s certainly less of a threat than Hillary Clinton in terms of stealing the White House china! But I doubt she’s got the negotiating skills, the political savvy, or the necessary skill set to pull off the job. Trump came from business. He is a savvy negotiator. And he’s got the skill set to be a good CEO. He lacks the political savvy and it shows. That’s what the left attacks him on consistently. Oprah would be a sitting duck because she lacks two of the three areas. Trump only lacks one. Of course, being a socialist, Winfrey wouldn’t have the media to worry about!
No, an Oprah Winfrey run for the White House would underscore the country’s decline in ways I wouldn’t even want to imagine. Have we reached the point that we look to Hollywood for our leaders now? Where have the statesmen of old gone. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lincoln, they’d all be turning over in their graves to hear that Oprah Winfrey was seriously considered by some to be presidential material. Well, let me rephrase that. They’d continue turning over. I doubt they’ve stopped spinning over Hillary Clinton running!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!