Oscar winner Meryl Streep is convinced pal Oprah Winfrey is seriously considering a presidential run in 2020.
Winfrey impressed celebrities, pundits and politicians alike with her stirring speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (07Jan18), prompting many to believe she was considering a presidential bid.
“I want all of the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she declared at the Los Angeles prizegiving.
Her empowering comments prompted bloggers to adopt the hashtag, “#Oprah2020”, encouraging her to run for president in 2020 and challenge current leader Donald Trump, but backstage at the Globes, Oprah told Bloomberg News she had no plans to enter the political arena.
But Streep isn’t so sure.
The actress tells the BBC’s Andrew Marr, “That is how you rouse people. That is how you lead. She’s certainly set the bar pretty high for anybody else who decides to run (for president).”
Streep was in the audience when Winfrey gave her address at the Globes, sitting next to her The Post director Steven Spielberg, who is another big Oprah-for-president fan.
“Oprah’s had 35 years’ experience of building bridges and creating conversations between disparate people who don’t agree… on her syndicated television show,” he said. “For me, those are credentials for qualification.”
While the actress’ co-star Tom Hanks, who Globes host Seth Meyers suggested should be Oprah’s running mate if she decided to run, added, “I believe Oprah wakes up in the morning and both personally and professionally wonders what she can do specifically in order to make the world a better place.”
Meanwhile, President Trump has also weighed in on the possibility of an Oprah challenge for the White House, stating, “I like Oprah but I don’t think she’s going to run.”
– Cover Media0