Oprah Shoots Down 2020 Buzz: “That’s Not For Me”

InStyle has the quote:

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it. Gayle — who knows me as well as I know myself practically — has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’ So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you—it would be good for everyone else.’ I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”

  • Tawreos

    Finally, some sanity in politics. Thank you Oprah.

  • crewman

    That’s what Trump should have done. She got some attention, then gracefully bowed out. Trump didn’t know how to stop the charade. Being a con-man at heart, he thought there was something bigger and better waiting for him if he kept it going.

    • Queequeg

      I hope he gets a nice orange jump suit and a private cell in a Federal Prison.

  • Gustav2

    …but the buzz helped me sell my over priced food for a few weeks!

  • Harveyrabbit

    Good. Move on. Won’t stop the media from beating the subject to death for at least a little longer though. Gotta get those clicks.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Read between the lines: “I could never make it through vetting, given my dubious finances and all that gay stuff, too.”

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      True but it still shows way more self-knowledge than Dump. (It doesn’t mean I wanted her to run. The smart thing for Dump would also have been not to run or quit early like she’s doing.)

    • Reality.Bites


      That’s so pre-2016.

  • Cee

    maybe the 3 rd runner up on the bachelor will run

    • Well, there’s always Kanye West.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Thank you Oprah!

  • Bambino

    It’s difficult when you are surrounded by whores who wants to manipulate her for their own benefit. There is no short supply within her circle.

    • Tulle Christensen

      “You get a whore, and you get a whore, everyone gets a whore”

  • Rex

    I still like the best suggestion that I heard – she should buy Fox News.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Twitter would be nice too.

    • Adam Schmidt

      Murdoch is eventually going to kick the bucket and his sons are both pretty progressive. Once Murdoch dies, FOX is going to lurch to the left.

      • Not as long as its making money, but their viewership is aging so there’s a time limit on how long their current model will be profitable.

        • Reality.Bites

          I’m not sure how long any cable news network can remain profitable? Who under 70 is going to sit in front of a TV for hours watching an endless news cycle when they can find out what they need to know in minutes, or if they’re a news junkie, spend those hours being informed by many sources.

          Who under 40 even has a cable or other type of TV subscription?

          • I work in academia. None of the students I know (and I know lots) has cable. Why would they. It’s about $200 a month that they don’t have. Besides, everything is eventually online. I cut the cable several years ago when I was low cash flow one summer. Now I don’t know what I was paying for. The best of the news shows and interviews winds up on youtube within an hour of it airing. What doesn’t stream will be on dvd eventually from the library. No, I don’t get to see everything the first day its available sometimes but is that really a problem? Maybe for people with more time and money than I have. Cable is just not worth the extra cost. I have a backlog of things I have flagged to watch later and a whole queue of books I want to read now that I have finished my dissertation. It’s not just cable news that is dead. It’s cable itself. They charge far too much for way too little. So yeah it sucks that I won’t be able to watch the Gianni Versace series on Hulu, but I’ll catch it eventually. It’s really not a priority.

          • Todd Allis

            I’m 48 and haven’t had cable for about 20 years.

            I used to have Comcast Internet service. I would call when the net was down, and they would ask if my TV got signal. When I said I had no TV, they would get really confused for a moment.

  • safari

    “I have decided, instead, to simply take over the known universe in my spare time.”

  • Donnie will say… See? Even Oprah knows she can’t beat me.


    • Todd20036

      A dyslexic 15 year old with reasonable upper body strength could beat him.
      We may not be talking about the same thing, but my way is more satisfying.

      • j.martindale

        I am 70, and rarely work out. But give me a club and a quiet place I can be alone with the shitgibbon, and I promise to do my best.

        • Tom Furgas

          Even better would be to imprison him in a small cell with just a cot, sink, and toilet. Feed him subsistence meals. No TV, cellphone, computer, no nothing. If he gets out of line, blast him with a high-powered water cannon through the bars of the cell. Keep the high-intensity lights on at all times. Have a loudspeaker play “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” at top volume all day and all night. Blast him again with the water cannon if he breaks down and sobs that he can’t stand it anymore.

          • Reality.Bites

            You mean… just one scoop of ice cream?

          • j.martindale

            Works for me.

          • Todd Allis

            Have you thought this through carefully, or was that off the top of your head? Either way, I like how you think.

  • skyweaver

    “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not.” God I wish Trump had had this much self-awareness

  • Tawreos
    • As JMG would put it, infighting is funny. Nazis are so quick to turn on their own, huh?


      • JCF

        If you only see the TOP of this anime, you might guess another activity is happening… :-X

        • Well, Azusa did seem to have a thing for Mugi in that series…

    • Mikey

      To be frank, it wouldn’t be Breitfart if they WEREN’T pissed off at someone. It seems to be the only thing they can do.

      • 🐾vorpal🐾

        They’re a lovable, fun bunch, aren’t they?

    • CanuckDon

      Oooh….Bannon just might get back into their good graces again.

      • safari

        Why? Stephen Miller is a sleeker model who is twice as cynical.

    • Todd20036

      The Nazis are more purist than even the Bernie Bros.

      • Nic Peterson

        They also have less education, life skills and teeth.

  • Andymac3

    Good, Trump has sullied the idea of a TV personality President, no matter who they are, so this was not a good option to have this time.

    • That’s been my thought: we need a *politician* as President, someone who knows and has worked in government.

      • skyweaver

        Man, I agree. Someone bring the nerdy wonks back, please. That’s one of the things I liked about Bill Clinton. He LOVES policy and he loves the wonky language of policy. I literally don’t see that in one single person in this administration

      • Tom Furgas

        Let Oprah run for Mayor of a major American city, and run it if she wins. She needs some experience in government before trying to be president. Hell, even a city council seat would be better than nothing. The millions of fools who voted for Trump with no regard to his utter lack of experience in governing, thinking that a “successful” businessman would be just the thing to “make America great again” are regretting their ill-advised votes (at least a fair percentage of them). Why do I put “successful” in scare quotes? Because he only became rich by filing for bankruptcy several times, leaving his creditors twisting slowly in the wind while he blew off untold millions in debt. He couldn’t give two fucks about the many contractors and others that he ruined so that he could become rich. This is the average American moron’s definition of “success”.

        • Reality.Bites

          I think Tim Cook would make an excellent president from a making things work point of view.

          Unlike the typical “successful businessman” he came from poverty, got an education and worked for other people till those people decided he should lead them because he’s damn good at it.

          He’s what Alabama should be proud of, not the scum who hold every office but one there.

    • It’s not a good option at any time. If she wants to be president she needs to run for senate or governor and learn how government works. Running a business is not the same thing as running a government.

      • Reality.Bites

        And running TrumpCorp is not the same thing as running a business.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Good! Sorry, Gayle no WH post for you.

  • Leo

    She must have seen the pieces saying PLEASE GOD NO HERE’S WHY from Slate and the NYT among about 9 others after the GG speech – the one she cited originally was from the NY Post crying YAS and she, of course, took as sincere.

  • Friday’s_cat

    We end up with the leaders we deserve, I guess we don’t deserve Oprah.
    Or is it we are starting to wise up, hopefully not too late.
    For now I’m praying we can get out of Trump without a war in Asia.

  • safari

    I’m listening to the BBC News Hour. They are discussing Turkey right now, and its relationship with the US. Turkey is now saying it wants US troops to leave Syria.

    Their press lady is just as talented as Kellyanne at answering the exactly wrong question, and the BBC interviewer isn’t having it.

    “Do you want the US to leave Syria? One word answer.”

    “In a word, we do not want our NATO partners allying with terrorists.”

    • Todd20036

      I really hate being American these days. It’s a source of shame.

  • Mikey

    I seem to imagine hearing grumbling and complaining from the wings as Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil see their money train taking the “wrong” track.

  • GayOldLady

    Thank you Oprah for taking your hat out of the ring. I don’t want to see you bashed, battered and bruised on the internet over something that we all know was never going to happen. Still, I think you could do anything you set your mind to, anything!

    • Joe in PA

      🙂 And has. 🙂

      • TuuxKabin

        Kiss up. =;-)

        • GayOldLady

          He’s just acknowledging the truth of Oprah! She can do anything she sets her mind to, anything! 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            I know. I am teasing. See if he’ll nibble.

          • As someone on Shakesville once put it: “She’s a single black woman and doesn’t apologize for any of that.”

    • Queequeg

      She can certainly help by supporting a good candidate in 2020. It is not too early for the Democrats to think about who should run.

  • Texndoc

    “ I don’t have the DNA for it. “
    Only one person could emerge unscathed after saying that about Oprah.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a9078050095bb3650d55692071514410082b1e8694ecb00f7203fcb2707af0d.jpg not her you want, it’s, me -what’s love got to do with it! -got to do with it!

    • Texndoc

      She gave up her American citizenship years ago and is a citizen of Switzerland. In order to do that she had to become fluent in German, which I thought was interesting.

      • M Jackson

        Who knew 30 years later she would have dodged this bullet?

    • Jefe5084

      I love Tina Turner. Saw her in concert years ago in Madison, WI.

  • Lori

    Gayle is wrong. Oprah running for President wouldn’t be good for everyone else. Turning our elections into full on reality TV is a terrible idea and POTUS is not an entry level job. I truly appreciate the fact that Oprah knows enough not to run, but this shouldn’t have even been a conversation.

  • safari
    • The_Wretched

      Selecting values isn’t that hard and he should have use a computer program. AND the maps don’t have to be perfect. They just need to not give people who win 40% of the votes 85% of the seats. Go with proportionality as a compromise. I’d like forced competitiveness but I don’t see it happening.

  • TuuxKabin

    Swear to it Oprah?

  • Jefe5084

    You mean I don’t get a new car too? Damn. /s

  • Dayglo


  • Natty Enquirer

    Absolutely Oprah.

  • alc2018
  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b533a878856e00eb1b31ea48c7969a9732209002d3c6d8c82905e157c6852a57.gif I say spread it around and make the whole gayborhood the new Presidency! Drinks on me!

  • HZ81

    Whew, now we can go back to discussions about serious candidates, like Carrot Top, Antonio Sabato Jr., Kanye, etc.

    • Reality.Bites

      That list of yours had made me issue a new edict.

      If you’re going to run for high office with no experience in politics, you have to at least been good at your old job.

      So Oprah can run for office if she wants. Carrot Top, Antonio and Trump – no.

      • HZ81

        Hey, that sounds like a qualification is required! That’s not the Trump way. MAGA!!! 🙂

  • normadesmond

    Then why did that whole thing happen? Oprah, please
    shove a dick in Stedman’s mouth to keep him quiet!

  • Pip

    Thank goodness. I love me some Oprah, but seriously put someone in the office that knows government and how to run it. Stop trying to make our government a reality show.

    • Bj Lincoln


  • Gerry Fisher

    Smart woman

  • downtownla

    She may still be sitting this out, but we should note this interview was actually conducted three weeks BEFORE the Golden Globes speech. Her opinion may have changed since then.

  • Treant

    Well, that’s a relief.

  • JWC

    That is good news Oprah does not need the downgrade

  • Queequeg

    She doesn’t have to run but she can put her considerable influence and money behind a viable candidate for 2020. The only question is who should that candidate be?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Smart move. Better to use your resources to help get liberal/progressive/left of center candidates elected in November and then another in the White House come 2020.

  • Downthehatch

    I think she made that quote was 3 weeks prior to the Golden Globe speech.

  • MooseMalloy

    Well, okay then. I guess we’ll just have to get Ellen to run.