In an interview published in PEOPLE this morning, Oprah Winfrey says she’ll consider running for president… but only if God sends her a “clear” sign.
That in itself would be a disqualifying statement in a more rational country; yet in the U.S., waiting for God’s approval binds both Oprah and Michele Bachmann (whom God at least had the good sense to ignore).
Amid calls for her to consider a run for the White House — from fans as well as her closest friends — “I went into prayer,” she tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new cover story. “‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”
That’s probably because God is waiting for a sign from Oprah that it’s okay to speak.
Would she be a better president than the White House’s current occupant? Sure. So would most high schoolers. But I’m not eager to vote for anyone preaching a superficial spirituality (as if that will make our lives better) and is directly responsible for Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and The Secret — even if she’d run as a Democrat. Can’t we get someone who actually understands policy and isn’t overtly interested in his or her self-image?
At least we wouldn’t have to worry about a president who doesn’t read.
Winfrey emerged as a potential candidate after giving a rousing speech at the Golden Globes. And not without good reason. She’d be able to fund her own campaign, generate a lot of media attention, get donations from her adoring fans, and have her pick of experts if she ever sat in the Oval Office. At the same time, running the country, with all the drama that comes with it, seems like a step down for a media mogul who can currently do anything she wants.
Winfrey is smart enough to capitalize on the speculation she’ll run, but she’d be far more powerful lending her support and giving her money to the eventual Democratic nominee than being in that particular spotlight herself.