Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Do we really need another politically inexperienced billionaire in the White House?

Even if it's Oprah?

That's the big question looming over media superstar Oprah Winfrey after the electrifying and inspirational speech that she delivered at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards. Her remarks in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award did not include direct references to politics or President Donald Trump.

She didn't have to.

People hunger for the antitrump

The room was filled with women stars dressed in black evening gowns and allied men wearing "Time's Up" pins, symbols of the new collective of women actors, writers and other executives to fight sexual misconduct in the industry.

Oprah's heartfelt stories and podiumpounding climax sparked cheers and applause that reminded me of Barack Obama delivering the roomshaking 2004 Democratic National Convention speech that launched his path to the White House.

Small wonder that Winfrey's speech ignited a tweetstorm on social networks touting Oprah as the antiTrump long sought by Democrats.

And why not?

Even Trump likes Oprah.

Or at least he used to.

A TrumpOprah ticket would be "very formidable," said Trump in a 1999 interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

And if you try to judge her presidential prospects by conventional standards - such as "What's her foreign policy?" - you miss the point.

As Trump's unconventional campaign against the more knowledgeable Hillary Clinton showed us, the details of policy are a snooze.

But color me skeptical.

The excitement surrounding Oprah says more about the appetite that many of us Americans have, after a year of the Trump presidency, for a knowledgeable, compassionate, charismatic, principled and inspiring voice of reason - in a manner that doesn't handle English so awkwardly. …

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