Oprah Winfrey stole the show at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards with her incredibly inspiring speech, as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Following the address, her name continued to be the topic of conversation, as speculation about her potential 2020 presidential run began to grow.
The possibility was further validated when Stedman Graham, Oprah Winfrey’s longtime partner, was openly supportive of the idea — and validated Oprah’s willingness to run — but said it is in the hands of the public. “It’s up to the people,” Graham told the Los Angeles Times. “She would absolutely do it.”
The host, Seth Meyers, planted the thought into the Globes audience’s minds early on in the evening — even suggesting her potential running mate — when he mentioned that he had joked at a 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner about how unqualified Donald Trump was for the presidency, and how that may have inspired Trump to run in 2016. “So, if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes,” Meyers offered as a facetious reverse-jinx. “And Hanks! Where’s [Tom] Hanks? You will never be vice president. You are too mean and unrelatable.”
Nearly everyone watching seemed to be in support of the idea of a President Oprah Winfrey. Celebrities, colleagues and viewers reacted positively to the thought and jumped on board. Even Meryl Streep, who was last year’s recipient of the same Cecil B. DeMille award, voiced her support with certainty. “She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president,” Streep told The Washington Post from the ballroom right after the show ended. “I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”