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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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EvilMonkey you are right on the money!

-- Posted by smv450 on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 5:58 PM

Agreed Evil Monkey...

What do you think about Ron Paul? He seems to be the guy you should vote for. He is one of the ONLY people running who never voted for the war, never voted for the patriot act, never voted for no child left behind, is against big government and says 9/11 could have been stopped, but it wasn't [for many reasons]...

Honestly, I am the furthest leaf away from a Republican tree, but he seems to be on to what most Americans feel, and his voting record proves it, long before this year..

As for Oprah, she is an amazingly blessed woman. She is a pilanthropist and should be commended for her notable works.... Like Evil Monkey said, she is spending money oversees, but atleast she is building things rather than destroying innocent people. The only problem I see with her, is that she actually has emotion other than hate and anger. Apparently, that's something this country prefers ... until last November. With all that said, Oprah has already said she would NEVER run for president because she knows she couldn't do it, if only George Bush was as honest????

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Dec 16, 2007, at 1:12 AM

Evil Monkey you are right on track with this one.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 4:24 PM

I agree Evil Monkey . . . I get tired of us investing billions and trillions of dollars in other nations when we have so many domestic issues here at home that need fixing. I pay tax dollars so the government can make my life better . . . not ungrateful people in the Middle East.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 11:15 AM

Oprah did open up a girl's school in Chicago. The girls started dropping out because family and friends were giving them you-know-what about going to 'Oprah's school' and trying to be "better than everyone else". You know, ...BS. She tried to work out the kinks but found that most folks had the attitude she was throwing her weight around and trying to just show up the other schools. I think she was really trying to make a difference, but she either went about it the wrong way or those folks just had too big of a chip on their shoulder.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 10:40 AM

I like the woman, I think she stands for all that is good and just in THE WORLD. The problem is, her interests outside of the United States place her taking money from her proceeds here from advertisers and improving education and lifestyles in another country. That's nothing different then our current administration except she is actually improving something not destroying it while his buddies are getting rich off the bodies of our soldiers.

Would she actually focus her agenda for the United States or the World as a whole? I don't know about anyone here, but we are hurting as a nation, our educational system sucks, our health care sucks, our economy sucks, our national security sucks, our employment "ethics" sucks, and the main reason for this is Accountability.

Once we know we have a problem, do we actually do something? Hell no, this crappy 2 party congress debates the issue and hides whatever it wants to from the public. Nothing ever gets done because each one of them is afraid of any kind of possible backlash. No-one wants accountability if something goes wrong.

The problem is, Everything is now WRONG because no-one has done a thing to stop or fix it. Do you think Oprah can do that? Can she motivate the fat terds in congress to actually take up burden and do something?

These are the questions that need to be asked of all of each person that runs or is still in any sort of public office EACH day; Not once every election period. Let them carry the burden instead of reaping the benefits getting nothing accomplished.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 10:16 AM

I don't know...she sounds as good as any to me. Not because she's a woman (because I cringe at the thought Hill-Bill back in office).

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 9:11 AM

Not no, But HECK NO!

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 9:09 AM

I hope not . . . that's all we need is some big media star in the White House.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 7:47 AM

sounds like a plan to me!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 7:32 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.