Since delivering her acceptance speech after winning the Cecil B. de Mille award at the Golden Globes, thousands of Americans began championing Oprah Winfrey’s run for president of the United States.
The speech, which discussed Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, and the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements, captivated all those who listened, as Dearly previously reported.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Even those closest to Winfrey liked the idea of the former talk show host becoming the leader of the free world. Her best friend, Gayle King, told the L.A. Times:
“I thought that speech was incredible. I got goosebumps.”
Even when the L.A. Times asked her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, what he thought about Winfrey running for president, he responded by saying:
“It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”
Graham’s answer fueled speculation, making it seem as though Winfrey was already considering running. The only person to avoid directly addressing the topic was Winfrey herself— that is, until now.
During an interview with InStyle Magazine, Oprah shut down the possibility of her ever being the first female president of the United States:
“I actually saw a mug the other day … I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt. I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it. 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.”
Sorry, folks, it looks like Oprah Winfrey won’t be America’s next president.