Oprah Winfrey sparked speculation on social media that she will run for president in 2020 after she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday, delivering a speech that received several standing ovations and became a viral hit online.
During her speech, Winfrey said the press is "under siege these days" and that the media's job is to uncover the truth.
"I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days," Winfrey said. "We also know it's the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To—to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have."
After Winfrey's speech, celebrities, journalists, and commentators on social media called on her to run for president in 2020.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 8, 2018
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 8, 2018
Our president is giving her state of the union.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 8, 2018
Switched back to the Golden Globes to watch Oprah get her award. Never let it be said that I don’t respect the president of the United States.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 8, 2018
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 8, 2018
Oprah 2020, obviously
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 8, 2018
As I sit here in tears…I have never ever seen such a speech. @Oprah, my friend. Please run for President. This world needs more of THAT. WOW.
— Billy Gilman (@BillyGilman) January 8, 2018
She’s running. A new day is on the way.
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) January 8, 2018
I'm a little disappointed Oprah didn't announce she was running for president at the Golden Globes! #Oprah2020
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 8, 2018
OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT!!!! #Oprah2020
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) January 8, 2018
If Oprah really runs for president I will both excitedly vote for her and also mourn the fact that we'll only ever have celebrity presidents again
— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) January 8, 2018
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) January 8, 2018
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 8, 2018
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) January 8, 2018
News organizations were quick to speculate on whether Winfrey will run in 2020.
Instantly, Oprah 2020 erupts https://t.co/7tguxsNoRb
— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) January 8, 2018
"A super wealthy TV star thinking about running for President? Where have we heard this before?"
— New Day (@NewDay) January 8, 2018
Analysis: Oprah would really like for us to talk about her running for president in 2020 https://t.co/40nu7eKr0g
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 29, 2017
NBC's official Twitter account appeared to endorse Winfrey for president, saying, "Nothing but respect for OUR future president." The network deleted the tweet on Monday, calling it a mistake.
When asked whether Winfrey will run for president, her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times, "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it."
While many Twitter users praised Winfrey's speech, not everyone was excited about the idea of her being president.
oprah’s speech ruled and also i would like a president with some governing experience
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 8, 2018
Oprah is amazing and inspiring and driven.
She's also still not qualified to be President. Stop.
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) January 8, 2018
— Cindi Andrews (@cindiincincy) January 8, 2018
Back in 1999, then-businessman Donald Trump told Larry King during an interview that Winfrey would be his "first choice" for vice president.
UPDATED 11:34 A.M.: This story was updated to note that NBC deleted its tweet on Oprah Winfrey.