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January 28, 2006

'Oprah in 2008'


She'd win.

The headline above is also the headline of an editorial in today's Washington Post.

Forget Hillary v Condi and all that: Oprah's candidacy would be electric.

Here's the editorial.

    Oprah in 2008

    Oprah Winfrey for president?

    Well, maybe not.

    But it's tempting to consider a draft-Oprah movement after she demonstrated a talent so missing here in the capital city: the ability and willingness to admit error and apologize.

    We don't propose here to go through the details of the saga of the partly fictitious "memoir," "A Million Little Pieces" -- either you're familiar with those details by now, or you're never going to care -- but rather to salute Ms. Winfrey for her actions on Thursday.

    Two weeks ago she had suggested, disturbingly, that it didn't much matter whether the book was true or not.

    This week on television she said she had "made a mistake" and was "deeply sorry."

    She added: "To everyone who has challenged me on this issue of truth, you are absolutely right."

    Maybe that doesn't sound like it was hard to say.

    But we who live in the land of shifting rationales and weak excuses, of "I take full responsibility for what my subordinates did" and of "If I offended anyone who misinterpreted my remarks, I'm sorry" -- we know better.

    A little Winfrey candor would go a long way.


Before you start to cluck and moan and say Oprah's not qualified, that she doesn't know anything about foreign policy, yadda yadda yadda, consider this: Ronald Reagan, back in his acting days with Bonzo and all, wasn't exactly what you'd call a latter–day incarnation of Disraeli, Talleyrand or Bismarck.

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Brilliant. I can't wait to see Steadman's inaugural ball gown.

Posted by: Richelle | Jan 30, 2006 11:50:48 PM

Plus she hosts lavish parties with 24K gold frosting. (uh... yum?)

And LOVES John Travolta. Tom Cruise? Not as much.

In other words, she'd be a hit at 1400 Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted by: Karma | Jan 29, 2006 11:12:33 AM

Document Design Note: In the print version of the Post Editiorial, the text on Oprah is a small, squarish pull-out. This technique is space efficient, but the design calls attention to the text.

Posted by: Mb | Jan 29, 2006 8:12:45 AM

She's a real world hero. Anyone who really knows something about her does admire her. She has worked extremely hard at her achievements. Her empathy is global, which is what's most needed in this time of flux. We are definantly at the tipping point. Someone at the helm who thinks beyond borders and bank accounts is key to a better future.

Posted by: brocktonrwoodson | Jan 29, 2006 3:03:01 AM

often oprah has emphaticly said no to getting involved in anything pertaining to politics...for this reason, combined with the amazingly high esteem and respect people feel about her, she would be an amazing leader for this country. she embodies qualities sorely lacking in leaders from all walks of life, not just our politicians but corporate leaders, sports figures, parents, individuals. i for one believe she would heal this country on so many levels and if she were to run for office i would be there to cast the first vote. don't you agree?!! - rob

Posted by: rob | Jan 28, 2006 7:14:07 PM

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