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PostSubject: Oprah for President 2020   Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:23 am

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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:04 am

Oprah's attractiveness comes not from being a woman -- though that certainly helps -- or from being black -- though that certainly also helps in this environment -- but rather from her well-known commitment to issues of fairness and empowerment, her legendary generosity, and her sense of shared responsibility -- an almost noblesse oblige. She does not seem (from what little I know) to be venal or greedy or self-aggrandizing like her predecessor.

She represents, in other words, a moral and ethical embodiment of ideals sadly lacking from recent political races.

Which is exactly why she would be a fool to run.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:44 am

Just what we need - another unqualified celebrity for president.

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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:23 pm

Steve Bouchard wrote:
The other argument I have heard is that Oprah shouldn’t run because Donald Trump is evidence that inexperience at governing and celebrity makes for a toxic combination.

Donald Trump isn’t an awful President because he was a TV personality or lacked governing experience. He’s an awful president because he’s Donald Trump.

Our takeaway from his presidency should not be “let’s never again elect TV personalities” but rather “let’s never again elect Donald Trump.” Richard Nixon was a racist, anti-Semitic, dishonest and corrupt president. The nation didn’t say, “by God, that is it. Let’s never again elect a Senator as president.”

Donald Trump isn’t Oprah Winfrey, and Oprah Winfrey isn’t Donald Trump.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:53 pm

Bouchard's remarks must be taken with a grain of salt. He makes his living promoting Democratic candidates. He would not make a negative remark about a potential client.

Oprah has, as far as I know, no knowledge or experience which would qualify her for the office. I have nothing against the woman, but don't care how nice she seems to be - she's not qualified.


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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:46 am

I came across this entry in an old comment thread.

Diane Burrell 12/4/2015

In the beginning I thought it was outright racism - "Oh my god, he's BLACK, we can't have a BLACK president! Blacks are BAD and it's just putting a n***** in the White House!"

But I came to realize that there was an astronomical amount of denial involved. The reaction to Obama was so full of outrage and fury and a kind of visceral hatred that went beyond simply bigotry, that there had to be more behind it.

Then one day, arguing over it with a couple of incredibly furious menfolk, I realized that they weren't offended because the president was a black man. They were offended that he wasn't a white man.

There's a difference.

They were offended that anyone other than a white man could aspire to be president, could dare to run for the office...and would have the unmitigated GALL to win. That was a major betrayal by the entire country, that couldn't seem to grasp that the president was always supposed to be a white man. Only white men deserved it.

If a woman gets elected, she's going to experience the exact same kind of fury, outrage and hatred, and it won't be because the president will be a woman. It will be because it won't be a white man.

Yeah, right now it's racism. But it will next be misogyny.

Obviously the majority of Americans voted for Obama...twice. The majority of Americans may vote for a woman next. The group that's the most offended by this is the same group that's getting smaller every year...entitled older white male voters. They're not the majority anymore, and it terrifies them. And they don't handle fear well. It tends to come out as something uglier.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:11 pm

That's a bit self-contradictory. Poor Burrell tries to rationalize and minimize racism by claiming that it wasn't racism, then offering an alternative reason which is a textbook definition of racism. Not very well done.

I hope your post wasn't intending to show that my post illustrated misogynism. I made the same remarks a couple of years ago when the idea was going around about George Clooney as a totally unqualified presidential candidate.


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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:31 pm

I want a woman president.  I want another Black president.  I want a Hispanic president.

Not because there's any reason to expect them to be any better than the usual OWM candidates.  There's no reason to expect that.

I want it to PROVE to people that color/race/gender do not matter.  To expand the pool of available candidates to get the best available person, regardless of c/r/g.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:59 pm

You don't elect some random non-OWM to the office just to prove a point.

You want a black woman, consider Kamala Harris.

You want Hispanic, try Xavier Becerra.

You can prove a point without settling for a celebrity.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:39 pm

"Celebrities" who run multi-billion dollar multi-national corporations over decades have some relevant experience.

Particularly if they weren't "seeded" with $14m by their fathers. Particularly if they don't have a trail of bankruptcies in their wake. Particularly if they haven't been served with dozens of lawsuits over their business decisions and discriminatory practices. Particularly if they're not well-known to have conducted a string of extra-marital affairs followed by NDAs.

I wouldn't hold it against Oprah that she's a celebrity.

Celebrity isn't the issue.

A President creates an Administration, and it's the Administration that runs the executive branch. The President -- as we've seen with the past 4 Republicans to hold the office -- don't really have to do much except read a few speeches, appear at photo ops, and kiss a few ugly babies.
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PostSubject: Re: Oprah for President 2020   Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:52 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
"Celebrities" who run multi-billion dollar multi-national corporations over decades have some relevant experience.

You know who you just described, right?

The Republican Party would be happy to see that you have fallen for their crap about needing a businessman for President. Running a government is nothing like running a business - often directly at odds.

NoCoPilot wrote:
I wouldn't hold it against Oprah that she's a celebrity.
Celebrity isn't the issue.

You're right that celebrity is not the issue, and I don't hold it against Oprah. Lack of knowledge and experience is the issue.


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The President -- as we've seen with the past 4 Republicans to hold the office -- don't really have to do much except read a few speeches, appear at photo ops, and kiss a few ugly babies.

Yep. And if we continue to elect presidents who are unfit for the office, that's what we will have to contend with.
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