Say what you will about the aftermath rumors and speculations of Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe ceremony on Monday night – the speech itself was one helluva speech! And, to my mind, Oprah is one helluva human. I harbor deep respect and admiration for her. Although she is a talented actress, a discerning journalist, and a most gifted media entrepreneur, I really don’t want her to run for president.
There are people who change the world, and there are people who change minds. Those who change minds, can support those who change the world. If I had my druthers, I would want an experienced states person and policy maker, with decades of nuts and bolts experience in shaping our world for the better, to do the dirty work of a presidency. But as far as Oprah throwing her weight and journalistic scrutiny behind select politicians – and changing minds in the process – I’d be all for it. In fact, I would probably take her endorsement as a reason to seriously consider “her” candidate(s) – a testament as to how much I respect her values and her great, big, generous heart.
The nature of the speculative murmurs that erupted post-speech, I thought were beautifully dissected and analyzed in this article from Slate Magazine. Her speech wasn’t about her – it was about us. (Which, as a friend succinctly pointed out, made her all the more presidential.) The article decries our tendency to clamor for someone else to lead us, rather than consider the ways we ourselves can step up to the plate. Which was the gist of Oprah’s words – it takes a village, and an empowered village is far more powerful than a submissive one. And we all play a part in that village. Anyway, the sum of what she said on that stage, sent a beam of light into the doldrums of our disintegrating democracy. I thought the photo from last spring illustrated how she made me feel quite well. We all have that light within. It’s a new dawn.