Looks like the path to the presidency has widened for Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, and a thousand other 2020 Democratic contenders.
Oprah Winfrey is not running.
After the TV mogul gave a barnburner of a political speech at this years Golden Globes, speculation buzzed that she would turn her attention toward the presidency. In the past few weeks, a number of hints have been dropped from her partner Stedman Graham and her best friend Gayle King about the possibility of a President Winfrey. It only took one interview with InStyle magazine to shut it all down.
The interview, released on Thursday, pointedly asked Oprah what she thought about the pervasive “Oprah 2020” meme/call to action/plea. And here’s what she had to say:
I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it. Gayle—who knows me as well as I know myself practically—has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, “When’s Oprah going to run?” So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, “I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you—it would be good for everyone else.” I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.
Despite the fact that political experts thought she had a lot of strengths, especially against Trump, it looks like it’s just not something Oprah has on her vision board for the future.
Sorry to burst your bubble, everyone.