Oprah for president?

Journal Staff Report | 3/9/2017, 6:38 a.m.
Is Oprah Winfrey signaling she may be open to a future presidential bid?
Oprah Winfrey

Is Oprah Winfrey signaling she may be open to a future presidential bid?

Winfrey smiled when asked whether she may be able to break the glass ceiling to be elected president.

"I actually never thought that that was --- I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh," she said in a conversation with billionaire David Rubenstein on Bloomberg's "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."

She later added, "No, that won't be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know."

The show taped December 12, according to spokeswoman Rachel Nagler, but it was released March 1.

"It's clear that you don't need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?" Rubenstein said.

"That's what I thought. I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'" Winfrey said. "And now I'm thinking, 'Oh! Oh.'"

Winfrey rejected the idea in a January appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

"Never!" she proclaimed.

Winfrey was an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, giving the then-senator a boost in his primary fight against Hillary Clinton and even hit the campaign trail on his behalf in Iowa in 2007.

Winfrey also endorsed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid.

President Donald Trump's victory may have been spurred others rooted in business or entertainment, without government experience to express interest in a future presidential run including Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg

CNN contributed to this report.