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Oprah Winfrey for president?Posted Friday, December 14, 2007, at 7:04 AM
She commands the attention of America.
When she talks, people listen -- and respond.
Crowds come to see her. She has a commanding presence.
Hillary Rodham Clinton?
No. Oprah Winfrey.
From boosting authors to building schools, Oprah's everywhere.
She's on newsstands, too, smiling at shoppers as she appears prominently on the cover of each month's issue of her own magazine. She makes sure her image and name are in the public eye.
Now she's campaigning for Barack Obama.
Quite an advance from the 1970s, when she was co-anchor of what was then Eyewitness News on Nashville's Channel 5.
"I'm sick of politics as usual," Winfrey said last weekend.
Which makes me wonder if Oprah would or could leave her TV show for awhile and take the biggest stage of all: Running for president.
"I'm beginning to like (campaigning)," she was quoted by the Associated Press. "I'm beginning to like this because I can feel that you are ready for change."
Let's see. She brings people together, is extremely well-liked, known and respected worldwide, intelligent and articulate. She's not a so-called Washington insider yet knows most of the right people.
And she's "politically correct" for these times, too, as a black woman. She'd be running as a Democrat, and it would be hard for Republicans to mount campaign attacks against a black female without damaging their own image.
I'd imagine the fact she has a live-in instead of a husband would draw some mild complaints from moral conservatives.
President Oprah Winfrey in the future? We shall see...
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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