Media mogul Oprah Winfrey pronounced on Tuesday that she will “never” run for political office and described her highly publicized interview with first lady Michelle Obama last month as “bittersweet.”
The topic of Winfrey’s willingness to wade into the political fray came up during an interview on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, when the host asked her about her sit down with the first lady.
“It was fun, but it was bittersweet, because I had done similar interview for [O] magazine in 2008 when the girls were just like baby children,” replied Winfrey.
“For me, you know, African-American woman,” she explained, “being able to see that reflection of myself through the girls and through her, just their presence there, I’m going to miss that. But it has meant so much to me.”
“The way she’s handled all of it, the critics from the beginning, the way she’s handled all of it,” the television star continued.
“Everybody loves her,” said Colbert.
“Now everybody likes her, but they didn’t start out that way,” Winfrey observed, indicating Michelle Obama’s popularity has grown during her time in the White House.
According to Gallup polling, the opposite is true. In the spring of 2009, Obama’s approval rating was 79 percent. Last summer after the Democrat convention, Gallup found 64 percent hold a favorable view, which was up from 58 percent before the convention.
Winfrey asked Obama during her interview last month whether she felt her husband had achieved his campaign promise of bringing hope to America.
“Yes, I do because we feel the difference now,” replied the first lady. “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”
Oprah can been seen on camera nodding in agreement.
After November’s election, Winfrey drew some fire online after she tweeted an image of Trump and President Obama having their first meeting at the White House, with a caption reading, “President-elect Trump: Honor to meet with Obama.”
“Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives,” wrote Winfrey in the tweet.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey further explained what she meant saying, “I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House, and it gave me hope. To hear President-elect Trump say that he had respect for President Obama, it felt that he had reached a moment where he was actually humbled by that experience.”
She continued: “To hear President Obama say that he has renewed confidence in the peaceful transition, I think everybody can take a deep breath.”
Winfrey offered similar sentiments in an Associated Press interview, declaring that “hope is still alive.” She said, “I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech, that brotha has been humbled by this whole thing. I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
When Colbert asked her Tuesday if she thought the first lady would seek to turn her popularity into a run for political office, Winfrey replied, “Never!”
The host then turned the question on Oprah.
“Never!” was the quick reply. “Not my thing.”
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