Oprah is a force to be reckoned with. An entirely self-made media superstar, she is about as influential as a single human being can get, and her experience and skills make her an excellent candidate for president.
Oprah grew up impoverished in rural Mississippi, and by the age of 14, she was regularly molested by family members, impregnated, and witnessed the death of her infant son, Canaan.
Despite these early trials, Oprah attended college while she worked at a radio station and then evening news show, which led to her role as Sofia in The Color Purple and her landing a daytime talk show.
The rest is history: Oprah became a household name, the first self-made African American billionaire, and a living legend.
Here are 5 reasons I feel so passionately that Oprah run for president (and win):
- Oprah is non-partisan.
For close to thirty years, Oprah’s talk show was a unifier of Americans from every background: Democrats and Republicans, different races and ethnicities, homemakers and business people, politicians and the oppressed, actors and actresses, musicians and scientists, doctors and athletes, and more.
Oprah can communicate with people from diverse backgrounds because she understands that despite different experiences and beliefs, people all face the same kinds of personal challenges. She is, thus, not a Democratic or Republican figure, but a leader who actually believes in and has performed the act of unifying millions of wildly different people to discuss difficult issues.
2. Oprah understands every type of American journey.
Oprah grew up very poor, and she has risen to the top 0.0001% of the world’s wealthiest individuals.
The economic experiences Oprah has had in her lifetime, thus, are about as diverse as they can get. She understands what it is like to have a mother who cleans other people’s homes for a living while raising a family on her own and how it feels to be a billionaire business owner with employees to pay and everything else in between.
Oprah, thus, can speak to the experiences of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, those who are part of the middle class and have difficulty finding a stable career, and the wealthier sect of society that also wants its interests protected.
She also knows the difficulties of being black and a female, while simultaneously, she understands being an incredibly powerful figure in society.
Seldom do we have a leader who has lived in the shoes of so many different kinds of Americans.
3. Oprah has organizational and people experience.
Oprah’s company Harpo Productions, her TV network the Oprah Winfrey Network, O magazine, and all of her other ventures, do not run themselves.
Oprah has employed, organized, and inspired hundreds of thousands of employees in her work to strategize on more projects than we can count- and, she always gets results.
4. Oprah is a woman who could stand up to any man or woman.
Oprah knows how to control a room. She can face off against anyone, even the most rude and demeaning people cannot make her lose her strength, composure, control, and focus.
Where other people will back down, roll their eyes, or run away, Oprah will stand up for American values, herself, and the people who rely on her.
5. Oprah is not afraid of people who are more intelligent than her in different areas.
Oprah would appoint advisors who are the best in their area of expertise regardless of their politician alignment or background, and she would not be intimidated by working alongside equally as brilliant individuals.
While most politicians are bias in who they appoint, Oprah will appoint the people suited to get jobs done well.