This week Hillary scored perhaps her most important endorsement yet: Oprah’s. This is also significant because Donald Trump is a HUGE Oprah fan, and has been wanting her to run as his Vice President for almost 20 years. In 1999, he said :
I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice…You know what? She really is a great woman, though, she is a terrific woman. She is somebody that’s very special…If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic…She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman. I mean, if she’d ever do it, I don’t know that she’d ever do it.
In 2015, Trump continued to gush over Oprah:
I like Oprah—what can I tell you? She’s great, she’s talented, she’s a good person. In fact, I was on her show [her] last week…I like Oprah, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I think Oprah would be great. I think we’d win easily, actually
However Oprah shrewdly dismisses such praise as Trump joking around, even though she must know he was serious.
Now that Oprah has retired from hosting the #1 talk show in America, she might enjoy all the attention that comes with being on a presidential ticket, but being Trump’s VP would be too risky. Not only would she damage her friendship with the Obamas, but she would anger women and minorities who a are a huge part of her base. It’s much wiser to side with Hillary.
Having already put a black couple in the White house, Oprah might as well complete her legacy by helping to elect the first woman President. Indeed it’s a testament to Oprah’s influence that when she first started dominating the media in 1986, Reagan was President, and by the time she stepped down, we had a black President who is expected to be followed by a female one.
Oprah’s stratospheric cranial capacity allows her to understand that ultimately we are judged not just by our own accomplishments, but by how many we can give a helping hand to along the way.
I’ll never forget the time Hillary appeared on Oprah’s talk show when she was First Lady. At the time it was considered a big deal for a First Lady to appear on a daytime talk show because in those days, the Presidency was more prestigious and daytime talk shows were considered trash TV. But despite this, Oprah was such an icon that she was clearly the dominant figure in the interaction, as evidenced by her putting her arm around Hillary like a school teacher would to a little girl: