Meryl Steep says Oprah Winfrey has 'the voice of a leader'

Meryl Steep says Oprah Winfrey has 'the voice of a leader'
From BBC - January 11, 2018

Actress Meryl Streep has said Oprah Winfrey has "the voice of a leader", as speculation swirls that the chat show queen may mount a presidential bid.

Referring to Oprah's speech at this weekend's Golden Globes, Streep told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "That is how you rouse people. That is how you lead."

And the actress said she had heard that Oprah "is really considering" running.

She "certainly set the bar pretty high for anybody else who decides to run" for president in 2020, Streep added.

"No-one can speak in less lofty terms and adhere to principle and passion in a political campaign, because we have seen that it's possible," she said.

Streep was in the audience when Winfrey gave her address at Sunday's award ceremony, which was dominated by the fallout from Hollywood's sex abuse scandals. She received a rapturous reception for telling the audience "a new day is on the horizon".

Streep was talking to Marr to promote her new film The Post. The full interview will be aired on Marr's BBC One programme on Sunday.

She was speaking alongside her co-star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, who both expressed similar sentiments about Oprah's appeal.

"Oprah's had 35 years experience of building bridges and creating conversations between disparate people who do not agree... on her syndicated television show," Spielberg said. "For me, those are credentials for qualification."

Hanks said: "I believe Oprah wakes up in the morning and both personally and professionally wonders what she can do specifically in order to make the world a better place."

Apparently referring to President Trump, Hanks continued: "We have proven, I think, just within the last few years, that ifyou want to be president of the United States, guess what, there's a way that that can happen."

Oprah has not spoken about the speculation, but the possibility that she might consider running has prompted a response from the White House's current occupant.

"I like Oprah but I do not think she's going to run," President Trump said earlier this week, adding that it would be "a lot of fun" to go up against her.

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