'Oprah for President' doesn't sound so mad now, does it?
Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at last night's Golden Globes and to say she made the most of her time on stage would be a massive understatement.
Introduced by her 'A Wrinkle in Time' co-star Reese Witherspoon, Winfrey dove right in and recalled Sidney Poitier's 1964 Golden Globes win and its effect on her and how she now stood in his place, saying: "It’s not lost on me that at this moment, there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to receive this award."
Winfrey also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press and celebrated the free press, saying: "We all know the press is under siege, the it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice, to tyrants, and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we tried to navigate these complicated times."
She then moved on to celebrate the women who have spoken out about abuse and contributed to movements like 'Me Too' and 'Time's Up', saying: "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.
Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that they tell, and this year we become the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religious, politics or workplace. I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault, because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue."
Of course, an experienced orator such as Winfrey was never going to disappoint but so rousing and affecting was her speech that people all over are calling her to run for president in 2020.
Oprah Winfrey is as brilliant and inspiring as any public figure today. She doesn’t speak to celebrity America, she speaks to America.
Don’t underestimate her. https://t.co/V9JRuLBXKT
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) January 8, 2018
When Oprah is speaking at the Golden Globes and your goals shift to VP... pic.twitter.com/3ghEVMmCwF
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 8, 2018
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 8, 2018
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 8, 2018
Oprah 2020!!!!! Best speech of the night!!
— Bob Harper (@MyTrainerBob) January 8, 2018
She’s running. A new day is on the way.
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) January 8, 2018
But seriously, Oprah for president speculation:
(A) makes some sense, all things considered
(B) is based on *zero* evidence that she'd even consider doing it
(C) has actually been around for a while! Q-poll in March had her nat'l approval at +29. pic.twitter.com/42ggO4WFda
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) January 8, 2018
Our president is giving her state of the union.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 8, 2018
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 8, 2018
The only thing that would have made that better would have been "Yes, we can. And I am. 2020." #Oprah #etalkGlobes #GoldenGlobes
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) January 8, 2018
Oprah shades her 2020 opponent: "It's the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims, to secrets and lies." #GoldenGlobes
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) January 8, 2018
Whether she runs or not, @oprah has already given the best campaign speech of the 2020 cycle. #GoldenGlobes
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) January 8, 2018
“A new day is on the horizon...”. @Oprah speech at #GoldenGlobes2018 was a tour de force. It underscores why so many political pros believe Oprah, if she ran, would easily become America’s first woman President. And it wouldn’t matter who the opponent is... #Oprah2020
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) January 8, 2018
I mean, it's been fun to joke about Oprah running for president, but that speech really was presidential. That was phenomenal, even by her standards.#GoldenGlobes #TimesUp
— Charlotte ClymerðŸÂ?³ï¸Â?ðŸŒˆ (@cmclymer) January 8, 2018
It really is a must-watch.