“A new day is on the horizon!” Oprah Winfrey chanted in the acceptance speech for her acclaimed award.
On Sunday (Jan. 7), she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The honor, bestowed for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” was first awarded to a black man in 1982, Sidney Poitier, and in her speech, Oprah did not neglect to note it. It has since been given to the likes of Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington.
Ms. Winfrey’s speech had the overtones of a political candidate and certain snippets sparked rumors of the Emmy-winner’s future candidacy, making her the topic of conversation from that point on. The depth of her speech and references to a “better tomorrow” were certainly presidential, and regal even, so they incited talk of a 2020 run. The discussions were accepted as rumors and wishful thinking but sources say that they’re not as far-reaching as everyone thinks.
Two trusted sources, who’ve requested anonymity, have told CNN that our first lady of broadcast media has, in fact, considered becoming the first lady of the country. Speculation was further supported by Stedman Graham’s comment to the Los Angeles Times. “She would absolutely do it,” Graham opined.
One source said that the conversation has been in the air for months but that Winfrey has not confirmed anything just yet, CNN reports.
Celebrities and fans alike reported to their social media accounts immediately to engage in discourse about the speech that echoed candidacy throughout the room and across the country. It’s a popular opinion.
Of course, there are counterarguments.
Many have spoken doubtfully about the results if such a decision is made, due to present circumstances. There are worries about a television star becoming fit to serve (again), naturally. But for the most part, people are in agreement that Oprah could exceed expectations and outdo a certain someone.
Gayle King, Winfrey’s best friend, has asked Winfrey about the presidency in the past and was interrupted. “There will be no running for office of any kind for me,” Oprah said. And King, herself, has said something to the effect of, “Not gonna happen” multiple times.
The likelihood is pretty low when considering the mogul’s many ventures. She is the CEO of OWN, the cable network, a special correspondent for CBS newsmagazine’s 60 minutes, and actively taking on movie roles as CNN points out.
The race for president will not officially begin until 2018 midterms but Winfrey’s already dabbling in a lot of projects. Her hands may be tied.
Many liberal and left-leaning celebrities and outlets took to supporting Winfrey but there was backlash from the right.
NBC called Winfrey “our future president” in a live tweet during the awards, which they had to remove after being labeled biased by Donald Trump Jr., Joe Walsh, and Ari Fleischer. They deleted the tweet later, stating that the comment was a joke and not a political statement.
Despite inevitable opposition, as is present in every presidential run, Winfrey received widespread support for her hypothetical election. And it’s clear that she would have substantial support in the event that she did run.
If you’ve yet to hear her speech, read it here.