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Oprah Winfrey was pretty sure she could never be president, and then along came Donald Trump.
In a conversation with David Rubenstein, the CEO of the private-equity giant Carlyle Group, Winfrey seemed to realize that Trump’s win in November’s election could make her own run for president feasible.
“I actually never thought that was … I never considered the question even a possibility,” Winfrey said during Rubenstein’s Bloomberg TV interview show, “The David Rubenstein Show.” “I just thought, ‘Oh, oh.'”
While the statement relies a lot on inflection, it seems that the recent shift in the political atmosphere has made Winfrey believe that her lack of experience is no longer disqualifying.
“Right, because it’s clear that you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States,” said Rubenstein, seemingly referring to Trump’s lack of government experience before winning the presidency.
“That’s what I thought – I thought, ‘I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough,'” Winfrey said. “And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh. Oh.'”
It’s no commitment that Winfrey will run – far from it – but given the unexpected political outcomes of the past year, you never know.
Winfrey is running her TV network, OWN, and is a major investor in Weight Watchers, which beat on its quarterly earnings on Tuesday.
Watch the clip via Bloomberg: