A few years back now, Saturday Night Live opened with a sketch where an actor in drag portrayed Oprah Winfrey. The set up was that Oprah, at the height of her popularity, was carried into the scene a la Cleopatra, speaking of herself in the third person and making broad statements that puffed up her opinion of herself.
Sort of like The Donald has been accused of doing of late.
That whole episode came to mind this week once her highness’s speech upon reaching the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globes (sorry, but Mr. DeMille was a master at what he did, he didn’t just throw money around, and concentrate on the mental health of his audiences). It seems that the self-assessed queen of media is entertaining a run for president. After all, if The Donald can do it…
The differences between Oprah Winfrey and pre-presidential Donald Trump should not be shunted aside. Yes, both were in the entertainment business and made a lot of money. The difference is that Trump’s legacy is bricks and mortar, not simply “chicken soup for the soul” that feeds into snowflake syndrome.
And then there is the matter that Oprah hates politics. The long and short of that reality is that she’s been burned by it many times. And being female, she takes it personally.
The Donald sees it all as being part of the game…which is very much why Oprah Winfrey running for president if that happens in 2020, would assure a second Trump term. As much as the man stepped out of his comfort zone to run for president, he still has been a part of the political scene in America and the world for a very long time thanks to his business interests. Oprah would be a real newbie with absolutely no clue of the challenges that face the people on the fruited plain. Yes, she is a smart woman who did a lot with next to nothing.
But The Donald, far from being a character on television, actually did build things.
And that makes all the difference in the world.