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Did Tump Pave the Way for Oprah? The Media Icon May Run for President

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Media mogul and all around icon, Oprah Winfrey has always said that she was not interested in running for president. Liberal Filmmaker, Michael Moore, has been after her to go for the highest office in the land for at least 13 years. Winfrey has always said that she lacked the experience to run. Now, in an interview with David Rubenstein, of Bloomberg, she seemed to indicate that Donald Trump’s recent win is making her reconsider that.

Oprah and Trump are different, yet similar.

In some ways, Winfrey and Trump are very different. He is a white man from New York and she is an African

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American raised in the south and midwest. Their backgrounds could not have been further apart. Trump grew up in Queens, New York. He was raised by a real estate developer and he benefited greatly from his father’s success.

By contrast, Winfrey had a tough upbringing. She was born in Mississippi and spent the first few years with her grandmother, in very poor circumstances. She eventually joined her mother in Wisconsin where her situation got worse. Everything she had made, she has worked hard to get.

While their upbringings are very different, Trump and Winfrey do have a lot in common. They are both super celebrities and became famous through television. They are both on Forbes list of the richest people on the planet. Trump is at number 324 and Winfrey sits at 569. Both are charismatic and understand what the public wants in terms of entertainment. Lastly, neither has experience working in government. The closest Oprah has gotten to government experience is the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Trump is currently getting some on the job training.

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In the Rubenstein interview, she was asked about whether she would consider a White House run. her response was, “I thought, ‘I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’And now (post-Trump victory) I am thinking, ‘Oh.'”

Time will tell what Oprah decides to do but it looks like 2020 will be just as entertaining as 2016.

 

 

 

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