It’s hard to imagine a more perfect president than Oprah, patron saint of empowerment, equality, and really good books. But apparently, an Oprah bid for the oval office is just not going to happen. Or is it? It’s honestly pretty hard to tell at this point. While the media maven has long laughed off rumblings of a foray into politics, she recently tweeted an article with the headline “Democrats’ best hope for 2020: Oprah,” written by John Podhoretz of the New York Post.
While the tweet was equal parts thankful and dismissive, it’s leading people to wonder why she would address the story at all if she has no intention of running. Sure, it may just be wishful thinking—because, really, how much would America benefit from a Black, female president who grew up in poverty and is best known for her empathy and listening skills right about now?—but, hey, stranger things have definitely happened.
As Daily Intelligencer points out, in March, Oprah told Bloomberg that Trump’s win made her realize she may have been overestimating what it takes to win an election in America. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh,” she said, echoing in much kinder words a thought many of us have had.
In his article, Podhoretz discusses a recent segment Oprah produced for 60 Minutes, in which she speaks with a diverse group of people in Michigan about how they think Trump is doing so far as president. “Listening, asking, speaking without judgment, trying to find common ground—it was a superb performance by Oprah,” Podhoretz writes. “And I use the word ‘performance’ advisedly. She was dazzling in exactly the way that Oprah could always be dazzling, finding a tone appropriate for the moment without being heavy-handed.”
He continues, “I believe she’s uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.” Right now, it’s anybody’s guess whether Oprah’s tweet was a subtle way of inserting herself into the conversation surrounding the 2020 election or simply a bold move by her social media manager, but assuming it’s the former, I’m here for it.