Oprah Winfrey’s “a new day is on the horizon!” speech

Pundits are saying that a speech by Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globe awards is a clear and deliberate tester for beginning a presidential campaign.

The much talked about lines Winfrey spoke:

“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”

Her speech:

The transcript of Winfrey’s full speech.

CNN: Oprah’s Golden Globes speech sounds like the start of a presidential campaign

CNN: Oprah knew exactly what she was doing on Sunday night

Winfrey knew she would be seated in the front row, dead center of the awards ceremony. She knew that she would give a speech that everyone in that room — and watching on TV — would stop to pay attention to. And so, she chose her words carefully. That those words sounded so much like the rhetoric of a campaign was not by accident. You don’t go from where Oprah started her life to where she is today by not understanding moments and opportunities — and what the words you choose mean.

Yes, I know Oprah has repeatedly expressed a reluctance-bordering-on-unwillingness to run for office.

“There will be no running for office of any kind for me,” she said on CBS’ morning show last fall. “I will never run for public office,” she said on The Hollywood Reporter podcast in the summer of 2017.

And, she still may not — although her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday night that “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.” Plus, two of Winfrey’s close friends told CNN’s Brian Stelter Monday that she is”actively thinking” about running for president.

But she has no political experience! Ronald Reagan was an actor who became president, but he also had a background in office, serving as Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, before becoming president in 1981.

Of course Trump has set a precedent for a reality TV ‘celebrity’ with no political experience becoming president. That may make voters more wary of electing a non-politician. Or not in an increasingly celebrity obsessed world.

 

54 Comments

  1. David

     /  January 9, 2018

    This demonizing of all men is getting a little tiresome. To all those massively priviliged women of hollywood you all knew what was going on and none of you came forward for decades and allowed the horrid behaviour of a few men to continue unchallenged. Now the sisterhood in the media are hailing you as heros and men as predators and you know what the only 2 industries with endemic sexual abuse is the media and hollywood.
    Aside from Rose McGowan and young Mr Farrow you all helped facilitate wholesale abuse so shut the hell up. Get off the moral high ground because the rest of society doesnt generally put up with this shit on the scale you guys seem to tolerate.

    • Blazer

       /  January 9, 2018

      didn’t you say you had a…wife!

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  January 9, 2018

      what a great example of the patriarchy in action, David. Well done you!

      You complain that the shit women face every day is tiresome to you… so women should therefore shut the hell up, and presumably return to their proper position in society – like preparing your meals? Ironing your shirts? Or tucking you in at night?

      Way to go!

      /sarc (in case you don’t recognise it)

      • David

         /  January 9, 2018

        The wife wonders why the hell they never said anything at the time and letting these predators carry on unrestrained.
        Too right she cooks my meals every night, its a privilege I allow her and she is grateful for that, I dont need any ironing done but she would have to do that to if I did.

        • David

           /  January 9, 2018

          “The wife wonders why the hell they never said anything at the time and letting these predators carry on unrestrained”

          That’s easy to answer, they benefited from it.

        • Blazer

           /  January 9, 2018

          I hope you have a…food taster.

    • sorethumb

       /  January 9, 2018

      You complain that the shit women face every day is tiresome to you… so women should therefore shut the hell up, and presumably return to their proper position in society – like preparing your meals? Ironing your shirts? Or tucking you in at night?
      ………….
      I suppose you think gender is socially constructed?

      • David

         /  January 9, 2018

        Women dont face it every day, they rarely face it in the workplace even in the good old US where its 3.6% of women, which is too many, have faced sexual harrasment at work which is down half what it was at the last survey.
        This problem is a Hollywood and Media problem and we have to listen to these self serving sanctimonious women who covered it up and allowed it to happen lecture the world on morals. This from an industry that makes billions gender stereotyping women, pays women far less, writes them off at early age, enforces particular body images…god the list goes on and they should STFU and clean their own house before lecturing civil society where that behaviour is not tolerated.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  January 9, 2018

          All that little rant does is locate you as part of the problem. You’re not only complicit in the culture of silence that enables men to abuse women, you’re actively militating for abused women to shut the fuck up.

          You’re answering the #MeToo issue with the very behaviour women have been speaking out about.

  2. Blazer

     /  January 9, 2018

    could be the first celebrity pres runoff in 2020…Kanye West,The Rock,Oprah,Jessie Ventura….maybe Sponge Bob Squarepants or one of the ‘Real housewives of Orange County should throw their hat in…the ring.

  3. George

     /  January 9, 2018

    Cant wait for her to start fighting for the rights of muslim women to live and dress as she does.
    Should I buy the super box of popcorn or just have a daily delivery system set up?

  4. Griff

     /  January 9, 2018

    Art inmates life.
    Idiocracy
    Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 9, 2018

      Very funny film …

      Thus, with the magic ingredient imagination, life becomes art and art, life …

      Brought to you by Fonterra: Dairy for Everyone …

      It’s got what humans need, lactose …

  5. Zedd

     /  January 9, 2018

    Oprah is a performer/celeb./actor.. how much of this is about raising her public profile, rather than actually addressing the issues ? Is this really about ‘Yes Ms President’ ?? :/

    In every society, there is exploitation/abuse.. it does not need multi-millionaire ‘celebrities’ to tell us this, it needs people at the ‘grass roots’ to stand up & be counted

  6. sorethumb

     /  January 9, 2018

    Jim Kunstler On Showbiz, Politics, & The Oprah ‘Fairy Tale’
    One upshot of this is that Oprah might be capable of squaring the circle of America’s black-white racial quandary, which Mr. Obama could not accomplish: namely, restoring the idea that we have more in common as countrymen (countrypersons?) than the artificial barriers of the cultural Marxists falsely insinuate; that skin color, ethnic origin, religious order, and gender do not define adequately what we can be in the world, and maybe we would be better off putting those things aside and just work earnestly to bring out the best in ourselves without excuses..

    This country is dying to put its house order. I daresay this is true of the great majority including the immiserated flyover folks who got snookered by Mr. Trump, and the big city hipsters who are coming into their years of power in the awful dimming of American prospects, and maybe even some of the suits in the corporate C-suits who still possess tattered memories of high school civics.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-08/showbiz-politics-oprah-fairy-tale

    Case in point [trigger warning – implied criticism of cultural Marxists]
    For much of the twentieth century it was assumed that the state operated on behalf of a single nation that the two (the nation and the state were indivisible) The state represented all New Zealanders. It deserved their undivided loyalty and in return the state was neutral with respect of the ethnic identity of it’s citizens. The identity politics of Maori challenged all of these elements. The nation was made up, it was argued, of two groups and the operation of the state ought to recognise the particular circumstances and the rights of Maori. Something which it had not done previously. In fact the state had seemed to operate in ways that had directly disadvantaged Maori. The state was hardly neutral. According to Ranginui and others the state preserved Pakeha interests even if it continued to claim universality and neutrality. It was a radical rethinking of what the nation state of NZ ought to be. It required a de coupling of the nation now defined as Maori and Pakeha or Moari and the Crown and required the state to operate in new and different ways. A new understanding and a new social contract needed to be established . But of course there was no compulsion for the state to acknowledge these new expectations. It was left to the good sense and sensitivities of some key players: Maori, Pakeha and representatives of the state to explore what this means.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thetreatydebates/audio/2491827/treaty-debate-1-2010

  7. Gezza

     /  January 9, 2018

    If Oprah ran against Trump he’d be history.

    • Zedd

       /  January 9, 2018

      @Gezza

      I think what USA really needs is an experienced Politician.. not another ‘celeb’ ?!
      eg Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein etc. 🙂

      • Gezza

         /  January 9, 2018

        Maybe. Trump’s President largely because Americans don’t trust their politicians in my view.
        With good reason.

        Neither Sanders nor Stein attracted enuf support & I can’t see them getting any more.

        The way their society operates their Parties may well end up just looking for a “better” celebrity next time. And a rich, successful, black woman might just tick enuf of their voters’ boxes to get elected.

        I don’t have a high opinion of the intelligence of average American voters, & I reckon they’re getting dumber.

        • Zedd

           /  January 9, 2018

          maybe they could appoint Mickey Mouse ? 😀

        • Conspiratoor

           /  January 9, 2018

          And yet G this totally rooted society, you know the one we all love to mock, consistently drives every disruptive technology and innovation. Some damn fine thinkers amongst them.
          Ask yourself why china and india are nothing more than followers …and will continue to be

          • Gezza

             /  January 9, 2018

            The US has the best & the worst of things & people. The average Yank is pretty low average.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              Ask yourself why china and india are nothing more than followers …and will continue to be

              This is the decade we’ll find out if they can innovate.

    • PDB

       /  January 9, 2018

      The Rock vrs Oprah would be quite the celebrity political battle….

  8. David

     /  January 9, 2018

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5247091/Rose-McGowan-accuses-stars-black-Hollywood-fakery.html
    She is one brave woman, a real force and is unafraid to call out the complete hypocrisy and typical of the lefties Oprah couldnt resist a bit of self promotion..where has she been all these years as if she hadnt heard the rumours.

    • David

       /  January 9, 2018

      I question her bravery. She spent more than twenty years protecting the system and only spoke out when it was clear her career was dead 20 years after her payout from Weinstein.

      She worked with Victor Salva, a child abuser, and defended him as an “an incredibly sweet and gentle man”

      Just the same for all those who defended Roman Polanski for decades (Whoopi Goldberg and her ‘it wasn’t rape rape”)

      They are all corrupt.

      • PDB

         /  January 9, 2018

        I agree – Hollywood (including most females within the system) have turned a blind eye to the ‘casting couch’ routine for decades and suddenly when some women eventually speak out about it they all jump on the publicity bandwagon.

        Most of them are just hypocrites and/or opportunists.

      • Blazer

         /  January 10, 2018

        easy for Whoopi,she was never in danger of being….raped.

  9. David

     /  January 9, 2018

    “Of course Trump has set a precedent for a reality TV ‘celebrity’ with no political experience becoming president. ”

    Didn’t Obama set that precedent?

    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2018

      After graduating from Columbia University in New York City in 1983, Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988 he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

      After graduation, he became a civil rights attorney and professor, and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

      Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate.

      Obama received national attention in 2004 with his unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate.

      In 2008, Obama was nominated for president a year after his campaign began and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. He was elected over Republican John McCain and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

      • Gezza

         /  January 9, 2018

        @ Pink David – so, no.

        • David

           /  January 9, 2018

          Just to point out that Trump spent decades as a property developer in NYC, that is more political experience than Obama ever had.

          • Gezza

             /  January 9, 2018

            Oh, yeah. Right.

            • David

               /  January 9, 2018

              Well, your a fool if you don’t understand how political that work is. It’s far more politics than “community organizer”.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              Dream on, buddy. It’s not more politics than law, or the Senate, is it?
              All you have there is two people from different backgrounds – one politics, the other real estate, marketing, & reality tv – schmoozing.

            • David

               /  January 9, 2018

              “Dream on, buddy. It’s not more politics than law, or the Senate, is it?”

              Yeap, it is. How else would he have beaten the most qualified candidate for president ever? I mean, he got the Russians to hack the election for him. If that isn’t the work of a stable genius, I don’t know what it is.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              Stable genius my arse. He’s an unstable bloody genie. Everybody’s trying to put him back in his bottle. It’s a hard ask.

  10. Corky

     /  January 9, 2018

    I’ve prattled on about how the next president of the US will be a dismal failure after the excitement of Trump. Winfrey becoming the next president would be a dream come true for me. People think Trumps bad, imagine this liberal drip in charge! Mexicans and Muslims rejoice…help is on the way.

    Meanwhile Trumpy is now taking the piss. He has the world hanging on his every word…words like ‘ stable genius’. You feed the ‘chooks’ well, Mr President.

    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2018

      He doesn’t feed them, he employs them. They feed him.

      • David

         /  January 9, 2018

        This is more relevant to the topic….

        • Corky

           /  January 9, 2018

          You can’t tell me she didn’t know. Another Hollywood hypocrite. She will make a stellar next president.

          • Gezza

             /  January 9, 2018

            Ellen De Generes would maybe be better? I mean, they’ve already had a black President. She’s a woman, she’s gay, she’s filthy rich, & she gives away money & free stuff other rich people & corporations have given her & to advertise their generosity.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 9, 2018

              Ellen has heaps of experience buying popularity too … her shows are made of it …

              Essential skill for POTUS?

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 9, 2018

            What do you call a political system where voters aspire to have a Hollywood hypocrite as their next President?

            Idiocracy may not be too far off?

            Inverted totalitarianism?

          • Gezza

             /  January 9, 2018

            Perverted Celebritarianism.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 10, 2018

              Perverse might be more accurate Gezza?

            • Gezza

               /  January 10, 2018

              I thought about that, but I’m a poet & it didn’t scan or rhyme as well with inverted totalitarianism, PZ.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 10, 2018

              I agree, but I also think the very real phenomenon identified by Sheldon Wolin should be called “inverse totalitarianism” …?

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