Up until recently, the talk of OPRAH WINFREY running for president was lumped in with other celebrities, like The Rock, Kanye West, and Mark Cuban . . . basically, it’s a fun story, but it AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN.
But some people think Sunday was a bit of a watershed moment . . . when she delivered that stirring, empowering speech at the Golden Globes. And hashtags like ‘#Oprah2020’ began trending heavily on social media.
So, is it actually possible that she would run? It’s hard to say . . . but for the first time, Oprah isn’t shutting down the talk. At least not yet. When “Bloomberg” asked her backstage if she had any plans to run, she said, quote, “I don’t. I don’t.”
But then, the “L.A. Times” asked her if she’d think about it, and she said, quote, “Okay.” (???)
And yesterday CNN said that two anonymous “close friends” of Oprah’s claim she’s, quote, “actively thinking” about it. One of them thinks she’s been considering it for several months.
Oprah’s longtime partner Stedman Graham threw some fuel on the fire, too. He was asked about it, and he said, quote, “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”
Oprah hasn’t really addressed the current hysteria . . . but just last October, she laughed at the idea, saying, quote, “There will be no running for office of any kind for me.” (Here’s video. Skip to the 9:30 mark.)
And last June, she told “The Hollywood Reporter”, quote, “I will never run for public office. That’s a pretty definitive thing.” (Here are more of her past quotes.)
And interestingly enough, way back in 1999, Trump endorsed her as his future running mate. He said, quote, “If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”
In another ironic twist, Trump once denied interest in running for president . . . during an interview with Oprah back in 1988. He said, quote, “Probably not. I just don’t have the inclination . . . I love what I’m doing.” Although he said he wouldn’t rule it out totally. (Here’s video.)
In any event, the Democratic field in 2020 is wide open . . . unlike in 2016, when the party basically anointed Hillary Clintonbefore the primaries even started.
We’re assuming Oprah would be a Democrat, but there’s no indication what her platform would be. Although she probably couldn’t go wrong with “You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!”
(For what it’s worth, a White House spokesman says President Trump would, quote, “welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else.”)
No matter what you think of PRESIDENT TRUMP, it’s WAY too early to be talking about the next election. And yet, the biggest thing trending right now is “#Oprah2020.”
So naturally, an Internet gambling company has updated their odds, and they’re giving Oprah a 20-to-1 chance of becoming our next president.
That’s better than other ‘celebrity’ options like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who both have 25-to-1 odds. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are also at 25-to-1.
But Oprah would be FAR from a favorite at this point. Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are both at 12-to-1 . . . and leading the pack, of course, is the president himself, Donald Trump, at 2-to-1.
For what it’s worth, a different odds-maker is TOTALLY buying the hype, and has cut Oprah’s odds down to 10-to-1 . . . and equal with Biden, current veep Mike Pence, and Senator Warren.
That same site also gives Hillary Clinton 50-1 odds, which . . . everyone in America can agree . . . is VERY GENEROUS.
Pink Will Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
PINK will kick off the Super Bowl on February 4th by singing the national anthem. She teased it in a Tweet last week when she said, quote, “I’m really looking forward to 2018. I’m really excited about the Grammys. Tour. Some other stuff that’s a secret still and I can’t wait ’til it’s not a secret.”
This year’s halftime show will be headlined by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
(Speaking of Justin, he released a trailer yesterday for his Man of the Woods Tour.)
GWYNETH PALTROW is Engaged!
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Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed her engagement to Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk in the Goop-iest way possible: The actress-turned-wellness guru and her betrothed covered the second-ever print issue of Goop magazine, which is published by Conde Nast. Their engagement had been rumored but unconfirmed for a year. Within the issue, on newsstands Jan. 9, Paltrow revealed why she decided to tie the knot again. “Personally, at midlife, I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be,” she said. “I have decided to give it a go again, not only because I believe I have found the man I was meant to be with, but because I have accepted the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities that (terrifyingly) are made possible by intimacy.” ~ The Hollywood Reporter