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We can all let go of the idea of Gayle King as vice president, Ava DuVernay as the secretary of education and, unfortunately for diplomatic relations, Iyanla Vanzant as ambassador to the United Nations.

Sadly, middle-American white women, who all wore pink pussy hats during the recent Women’s Marches and yet secretly voted for Donald Trump for president, you won’t get to make it right by casting a vote for Oprah Winfrey in 2020 because she’s not running.


In a recent interview with InStyle magazine, Oprah noted that she won’t be throwing her divinely decorated hat into the presidential ring anytime soon.

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Oprah said. “And so it’s not something that interests me.”

Trump may have let out the longest sigh, sine he knows that there was no way in hell he could have beaten Oprah. While he claimed that a run against Oprah would be “fun” and added, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah” when the notion was proposed earlier this month, deep down in that deep-fried mass of coal where his heart should be, he had to know he had no chance.


All the Oprah-for-president fuss came after her appearance at the Golden Globes in early January, where she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to entertainment. Oprah delivered a powerful and extremely presidential speech on race and gender.


“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women … and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again,” she said during her award acceptance.


It was a moment so moving that social media began pushing for the former talk show host and media mogul to run for president. But alas, it ain’t happening, so stop making all those bootlegs T-shirts and mugs.

“I actually saw a mug the other day ... I thought it was a cute mug,” she said. “All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt.”


King may have summed up for her BFF the crux of the problem with an Oprah presidency. “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,” Oprah said. “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 don’t have the DNA for it,” she also told InStyle. “I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”


In the end, Oprah didn’t make it this far not knowing what’s in her best interest—and let’s not forget that if Oprah ran and won, which we all know she would, she would have to get the entire White House fumigated just to remove the stench of the last president.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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