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Oprah Winfrey for President?

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I thought it may be fun to bring up a topic that got
attention in the United States after Oprah
Winfrey's impassioned speech at the Golden Globe
awards in Hollywood recently. That of her
running for the office of the Presidency. It seems
that President Trump is all for it. As are quite a
few people it seems.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/poll-most-americans-want-oprah-to-run-for-president

What are your opinions?
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:58:58 AM
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Itís all starting to seem very Idiocracy-esque to me, Foxy.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808

This article sums it up for me:

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/biggest-problem-with-oprah-2020/news-story/c283dfaff570cbe07fcca8a45c3c25db

I donít think Oprahís friendship with Harvey Weinstein is her biggest problem. After all, Trump bragged about committing sexual assault himself and no-one seemed to care. So, I donít see how being friends with someone who commits sexual assault would be a hindrance to her campaign, unless women are held to a different standard there.

No, my biggest concern regarding Oprah is her sense of judgment. She has caused a lot of damage by introducing the world to, and popularising, some of the most dangerous quacks and quackery.
Posted by AJ Philips, Saturday, 13 January 2018 1:35:51 PM
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Oprah the 'Hero'

Ben Shapiro, "What the kind of risk was she taking? She was standing in front of an entire town filled with sexual abusers and harassers. She said nothing about it for twenty years. She was being cheered by people who said nothing about it for twenty years and there she is, pretending she is leading the fight".

"In what has had she led the fight? I sort of missed it. And just because she said some things last night I haven't seen how things have materially changed. Reece Witherspoon has said that she measures things before Oprah and after Oprah. What changed after Oprah? Oprah said a bunch of stuff. Well, I was under the impression that most of us agreed with that stuff before this broke."

"And she lauded the Hollywood Press Association, but where were they reporting on the harassment and sex scandal for the last twenty years? It is literally their job to cover Hollywood, but it took The New York Times and (?) to uncover all this stuff. So why is Oprah lauding the Hollywood Press association, a woman who is good friends with Harvey Weinstein, being cheered by Meryl Streep, a woman who gives standing ovations to Roman Polanski".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf5Dxe93vpc
Posted by leoj, Saturday, 13 January 2018 1:48:08 PM
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Dear AJ,

You've raised some valid points.

Of course we don't know if she's going to run.
She doesn't have to reveal her plans until next
year so it's all currently speculation.

However, you're right. We can question how capable
an entertainment executive or a television professional
would be once she was in the White House.

What does impress is that she was born into a poor home
in Mississippi. She broke through as a television news
and talk show personality in the 1980s and over 30 years
she became the face of TV talk shows. She also has
starred and produced feature films and began her own
network. She has never been bankrupt.

Despite being a trail blazer in so many areas - I guess
there are considerable limits in running for office.
Does she have what it takes to be a viable
Presidential candidate? You have to be able to influence
people, Congress and countries, persuade people into doing
what you want them to do. And so many other behind the
scenes things.

To me, it's not inconceivable that Oprah could become
President given her name recognition, given the support
she has especially among women, her ability to deliver
speeches and lets not forget the money she would have
behind her - being a self-made billionaire.

She's smart, tough, compassionate, hard-working, well-known,
but does she really want the job?

That, we will have to wait to find out.
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 13 January 2018 2:54:55 PM
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Recent Oprah 'attainments': appropriated #metoo, it is now, 'Oprah did it all' and, appropriated the Californian mud slide disaster, where is it now, 'Oprah's property could be affected'.

Those self-marketing machines Oprah Winfrey and Degeneres suck for diverting the media attention onto their own 'suffering'(sic) by owning multimillion dollar properties in the vicinity.

Oprah is a TV persona, but even so the totally superficial, cynical and self-serving billionaire behind is evident.

Foxy, "..given the support she [Oprah] has especially among women"

Forgetting the relentless spin of Oprah's marketing empire, specifically what demographic would that be? -The Chenille dressing gown and hair in curlers at 11.00 am set?
Posted by leoj, Saturday, 13 January 2018 4:31:19 PM
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leoj,

Take an intelligent guess - given Oprah's status
as a household name, the self-made billionaire,
given her name recognition, the fact that she
became a cultural phenomenon for the past 30 years
there's no doubt to most people that she's a
remarkable woman who's been an amazing trail blazer
for over 3 decades. And her popularity amongst
women can be seen from the packed crowds of women
who make up her audiences. She managed to fill the
Opera House on her visits to Australia. And they keep
wanting her back. These are things that speak for
themselves. And it's funny but there were no photos of
any women in curlers at Oprah's shows. Or at least
I have never seen any. Perhaps you are confusing Oprah
with Pauline Hanson's followers?
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 13 January 2018 4:51:57 PM
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