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April 18, 2024

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After Golden Globes: the push for Oprah’s presidency is a bad idea

I can’t believe I feel the need to say this, but Oprah Winfrey should not be our next president. Oprah is a talented TV personality and show host and has built an empire. She is someone who has done a lot in this world. But, she’s also a TV personality, and we know what happens when people from TV start running the country.

The Golden Globes on Sunday were host to movements of solidarity for more than one women’s issue. These acts were a nice symbol but failed to truly make change in Hollywood culture. Especially wearing black to take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse, when more than several of the attendees wearing black have either worked for abusers in the past or have been accused themselves, like James Franco.

A huge discussion following the night was a push for Oprah Winfrey to run for president in 2020, based on a speech she gave after winning the Cecil B. DeMille award. This was a huge accomplishment, because she was the first black woman ever to win the award, and I think it’s a step in the right direction and a huge achievement for her.

Also, Winfrey’s speech was powerful and encouraging, and Oprah’s story of how she got to be so successful today is a truly inspiring one. This has caused a stir-up on the internet calling for Oprah to run in 2020, with Facebook memes and images saying, “Should Oprah run for president? Share to say yes.”

However, I do not think she should run for, and definitely not be, our next president.

Unless a comedian, late-night host, actor or reality television star has a degree related to politics and an in-depth understanding of how our governmental systems work and how the history of our country has brought us to this point, they should not be the president of the United States. They just are not qualified.

Even if you believe that people outside of the political sphere can bring about change and fresh perspectives, neither Donald Trump or Oprah Winfrey have the knowledge or background that creates a good governmental leader.

The Democrats, who Oprah has assumed to be running under, do not have anyone that seems to be interested in running yet, which is a good thing because there is so much time between now and the 2020 election, but I can only hope it is someone that is enthusiastic but experienced and knowledgeable. Or maybe an independent candidate will finally be able to win the favor of the American public.

So I think it’s important to celebrate powerful and successful women like Oprah, but other people should be sitting in the White House.

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