According to her best friend, Oprah Winfrey is not actively considering running for president, but if that changes, director Steven Spielberg is ready with an endorsement. The Washington Times went with, "Seal accuses Oprah Winfrey of ignoring rumors against Harvey Weinstein: You're 'part of the problem'". "So I think we are not outlandish in thinking about this because I think she's clearly thinking about it".
She said that because of that - as well as what she learned from the years she spent interviewing people from all walks of life, who wanted validation that they had been heard - she has "become a person of compassion [and] a person of understanding".
Spielberg also believes Winfrey, whom he says is "crackerjack on the money on women's issues", could be an "ambassador of empathy".
The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey's extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run. TVhosts were still fired up about her speech, which was premised around the awakening post sexual abuse revelations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein, but which ended up promising a new day, rendered in the rousing style associated with former President Barack Obama.
Oprah has not commented on the buzz around a potential run, but her long-time partner Stedman Graham told The Los Angeles Times she would "absolutely" do it, while sources close to the star told CNN she is considering the possibility of a political bid.
Oprah confidante Gayle King said earlier there was no change in Oprah's past position, that she was not interested in running for president. - I thought it sounded nearly like a campaign speech.
During the Golden Globes, Winfrey gave an empowering speech, alluding to the importance of truth given the turmoil that the media has been under in the past few months.
KING: "He did say it is up to the people but I'm telling you his interpretation of the question was would she - he thought the reporter was saying would she be a good president". You know, I did one of her last shows. If that's something she wants to do I would totally be down! I think of myself as pretty hard-bitten and jaded, but I found it inspirational - even thrilling. She had read it to me for time, but it was the type of thing where she knew she had a message to deliver. They said you have to cut it to three minutes and Oprah said if it was any other night than this one I could do that but I don't plan on cutting it. She's done so much for the community, she has come from nothing and has grown abundantly and the Lord has blessed her spiritually.