Jackie Gingrich Cushman

As Vanity Fair wrote, “Winfrey saw television's power to blend public and private; while it links strangers and conveys information over public airwaves, TV is most often viewed in the privacy of our homes. Like a family member, it sits down to meals with us and talks to us in the lonely afternoons. Grasping this paradox, ...She makes people care because she cares. That is Winfrey's genius, and will be her legacy, as the changes she has wrought in the talk show continue to permeate our culture and shape our lives.”

Oprah’s gift of communication and empathy allows people to connect with her on a personal basis. Oprah conveys such warmth and care that many in her audience believe that if they were to run into her on the street, she would be just as interested in their story as she is in the stories of her guests.

Oprah understands her ability to connect with people, answering a question last May on Larry King about whether she would run for office. "You know that is not going to ever happen," she answered. "I feel that the platform that I hold, the chair in which I get to sit in every day and speak to the world, is of far more value to me than any political office could be."

"Value in that I get to speak to people's hearts and get to connect with people all over the world," she added.

Oprah’s list of accomplishments runs long and includes winning multiple Emmy awards, leading the highest-rated talk show in history, and being the world’s only African- American billionaire. In addition, Oprah is the most philanthropic African American, and has been listed four times on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s most-influential people.

After reading her accomplishments, you too might understand why she would not want to trade her current position for political office.

Yes, Oprah has helped boost many people’s careers, including Obama’s. The question is can she propel him to the presidency?


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.