CNN: Oprah Winfrey ‘Actively Thinking' About Running For President

Oprah Winfrey for president? Per two of her close friends, the former daytime star is "actively thinking" about it.

It's an idea that has been tossed around more than once by her friends and fans alike: Oprah Winfrey for president. And according to two of her closest friends, it's an idea that Winfrey is now "actively thinking" about herself.

The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey's extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.
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The touchstone of her speech was the #MeToo movement. But her hopeful message -- "A new day is on the horizon" -- could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry.

How possible is that Winfrey could be America's first black woman president? That's hard to say, but it would seem to be something that Winfrey has at least marginally considered before:

In an interview with Winfrey on Bloomberg last March, interviewer David Rubenstein broached the possibility, saying "It's clear you don't need government experience to be elected president of the United States."

She indicated that the same thought had crossed her mind after Trump's election: "I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, 'Oh. Oh!'"

Winfrey laughed while the studio audience applauded.

For now, Winfrey is busy as CEO of the cable channel OWN and working as a "special correspondent" for "60 Minutes". But should she choose to run, her fame and charisma could make her a formidable candidate.

From "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to her films and book club selections, Winfrey has promoted inspiration and unity. In fact, that's been the focus of her occasional "60 Minutes" segments.

Her first story was a focus group with both Trump and Clinton voters. Winfrey asked them: "By the time of the next presidential election, are we more likely to have come together? Will we have sought common ground?"

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