In an interview that was broadcast earlier today on Bloomberg, media magnate and filmmaker Oprah Winfrey talked to David Rubenstein a little about politics.
He wondered if perhaps, in view of the fact that Donald Trump, a business mogul and TV personality, is in the Oval Office, she would consider a run for office.
Winfrey, who endorsed Democratic Party candidates like former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had been asked about running for political office before, but never considered it.
She even once said no about a presidential run to Stephen Colbert.
“Have you ever thought that, given the popularity you have — we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women — that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?” Rubenstein asked.
But this time, Winfrey, just 63, seemed to entertain the thought.
“I never considered the question, even a possibility,” she answered.
Rubenstein reminded her that government experience is not a technical requirement, as Trump’s recent election proved.
“That’s what I thought,” Winfrey said. “I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough, I don’t’ — and now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’”
Looks like we may soon have a whole new crop of talent interested in public service. Politicians have officially lost their grip on the halls of power, and that might turn out to be a very good thing.
Career politicians defeat the “by the people, for the people” paradigm and Trump may just have reopened governance and public service to the people again. Although Oprah was a prominent cheerleader for former President Barack Obama, maybe her ambitions will open the door for Trump supporter Kanye West to finally throw his hat into the ring.