OPRAH Winfrey the African American entrepreneur estimated to be worth US$3bn has hinted that she might run for president in the 2020 elections.
The intriguing prospect of the Queen of showbiz standing for the highest office in the land was revealed during an interview with Bloomberg TV host David Rubenstein on Wednesday.
Rubenstein asked if Winfrey had ever thought about campaigning for presidency and she replied: “I never considered the question even a possibility,” before adding: “I just thought, ‘Oh. Oh?'”
When she was reminded by Rubenstein that Trump’s victory proved that one did not need government experience to be elected president, Winfrey appeared to flirt with the prospect of running.
She said: “And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.'”
Although Winfrey (63) hasn’t categorically stated her interest to run for the US presidency, many political commentators have latched onto her cryptic answer as indicating that she might throw her name into the ring, particularly given that president Donald Trump has ascended to the office without any experience in government.
Bloomberg’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” is highly regarded and is seen as an important barometer for testing public opinion on issues of national interest. Many political experts have been intrigued by how delighted the in-studio audience seemed to be at the prospect of Winfrey campaigning for presidency.
Analysts say Winfrey’s extraordinarily charisma, influence and reach across a plethora of US business interest would stand her in good stead. She endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections and her endorsement of Barack Obama when he first stood for presidency is widely acclaimed as a critical factor in his primary victory over rival Clinton.
However, Winfrey’s close friend, Gayle King today suggested in an interview on CBS This Morning programme that it was most likely that the serial entrepreneur was just joking.
“You always have the right to change your mind but I would bet my first, second born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening,” she said. “Never. I’ll say never on this one.”