Oprah Winfrey On Running For President: “It’s Not Something That Interests Me. I Don’t Have The DNA For It”

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Oprah Winfrey is LOVED in a Gucci jacket on InStyle magazine’s March 2018 issue!

Interviewed by the mag’s beloved Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, check out what the media mogul shared with the publication about stepping into politics, sexism and sexual assault, what she’s learned in her 60s and more!

On political aspirations and running for President: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”


On the use of Twitter: “I try not to lean into the hysteria. I’ve heard a lot of Twitter chatter where people have said, ‘Where are you? You should be speaking up on these things!’ But it makes no sense to speak when you cannot be heard. One hundred and forty characters—that is not how you want to make your mark in the world.”

On her naysayers and what she’s learned in her 60s: You take no sh*t. None. Not a bit. In your 40s you want to say you take no shit, but you still do. In your 60s you take none. There’s both a quickening and a calming—there’s a sense that you don’t have as much time on earth as you once did…People coming with anything less than what is the truth or authentic? Don’t even try.”


On the current political and cultural climate: “Everything that’s happened has brought us to this point in time. We’ve been working our way through a lot of repressed pain, anger, shame, and disappointment. And we weren’t honoring our own voices. Now we’re here, and it took Harvey Weinstein to burst that door wide open. But Harvey [Weinstein] wasn’t the first one. It was Bill Cosby before him, and Bill O’Reilly before him. It’s just fascinating to me because I always try to look at things from thousands of feet above…” As more people come forward about sexism and sexual assault, she says, “It has seared into the consciousness a level of awareness that was not there before. That’s the most important thing to me. When Reese Witherspoon can tell her story at the same time as a farm worker in Iowa or a factory worker in Alabama, it says to a person, ‘Oh well, I’ve been putting up with that asshole supervisor for all these years. Maybe it’s time for me to do something too.'”

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