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Dear Oprah, Please run for POTUS

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Oprah Winfrey is the one Dem that can unify them all

I am an ardent follower of US politics and current affairs because I am not as invested in the US as I am in Kenyans politics. You see, the more invested I am in the politics of the time, the more I feel things – often negative feelings. I watch US politics and goings-on through their night time politico-comedy shows – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, (our) Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher and John Oliver’s weekly Last Week Tonight.

Through these shows, excerpts of which I catch on Youtube, I observe the obnoxiousness of President Donald Trump, the wantonness of some of his surrogates – especially Kellyanne Conway and White House Spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who is leaving the White House now. I have had occasion to commiserate with her for having possibly the worst job in the world)

By the way, on Kellyanne Conway
Kellyanne Conway and her husband George (Pic: Matt Rourke/AP)

Speaking of Kellyanne Conway, let me digress and say two things about her that I admire. First, I admire that she has been able to maintain her marriage to her husband, George for 17 years – especially now that they have very publicly divergent views on politics. She is an ardent, perhaps fanatical supporter of Donald Trump’s and he is a committed critic of the Trump administration. How many wives could stand being married to someone who publicly criticises their boss? Secondly, I admire her sheer doggedness in her support of Donald Trump’s policies. She will go on a media house and spin every conceivably indefensible action of the president as if it made sense even when he lied. She is, in my view, one of the greatest marketers of our time.

Saving the Democrats and America

In the run up to that election, a full 21 one democrats have stepped forward to be nominated by their party to unseat Trump come 2020. That seems to be a ridiculously large number of candidates, however democratic a country is. The challenge is that all of the candidates lack the charisma and the unifying factor that make them a real challenger to Donald Trump right now. To beat him you need a massive person. I pondered over this for days until I came across this episode of Bill Maher’s Real Time.

I think he is right. Oprah for POTUS (President of the United States) is a winning argument for America. Everyone knows Oprah – she is instantly recognisable and familiar. She is sane (for a celebrity) and she connects just well enough with the working class American to win the elections. I don’t know what kind of a leader she would be but I don’t ever imagine that she could possibly be worse than Donald Trump. Certainly America needs reorganising so that it makes sense again after being botched by all these old white men and everyone knows that African women – yes, even African American ones – are the best at holding down chaotic lives and reorganising things so that life makes sense again.

She can win. So, Dear Oprah, please. Run for President of the United States (POTUS).

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