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January 29th, 2018
Bugs Bunny 2020

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ENTERTAINMENT: Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech leaves people wondering if she could be a presidential candidate.

By Alexandra Flores, Staff Writer

Is the idea of a popular, and perhaps even beloved, television talk show host with no political background running for president absurd? To many, the answer is not at all – not when an equally popular, but notorious, businessman with no political background is president. Oprah Winfrey has now caught exceptional attention with her inspirational speech in regards to the “Me Too” movement at the 2018 Golden Globes. “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again,” Winfrey concluded.

There have been rumors of “Oprah for 2020,” but no guarantees. There are those who do not think it is crazy for Oprah to run for president. They claim that her ideals, unlike Trump’s, are not negative – meaning not racist, sexist, homophobic, and generally incorrect. Oprah is more agreeable and therefore worth supporting, considering that she is not a seemingly incompetent creep who has been accused of sexual misconduct several times and plays with nuclear weapons. Rather, she is an advocate and philanthropist who possesses the money to apply her positive ideals.

Having another celebrity president has some possible merits, but only one in particular is the essence of why Oprah would be successful: like-ability. With Oprah’s popularity, she would draw people to become more aware of world problems, as well as inspire them to help improve those problems. It is much easier for people to listen to someone they like, as opposed to someone they dislike or barely know. Furthermore, people are willing to take action when the person they like tells them they should.

Needless to say, there are those who think wanting Oprah for president is crazy; she does not meet customary qualifications in regards to political experience. She would not really know how to do her job and winging it is no way to run a country, as we have seen with Trump. People, more so the Electoral College, are most likely going to try not to make the same mistake again. A television character, no matter how loved, is not the best bet. Imagine Bugs Bunny as president?

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