Mary Grabar

Much has made of the fact that the next president could be either a woman or a black man. Much is also made of the “Oprah factor”—what will Oprah do? Who will she endorse? Pundits wait.

We-e-ell, Oprah is both black and female. Why not simply elect her for President?

Unlike Barack Obama, Oprah can make the claim of being the descendent of slaves. Plus, she has charm, charisma, and a devoted following, without the albatross of a ladies man ex-president for a husband.

What Hillary Clinton is proposing—having “conversations”—Oprah has been doing for years—and making billions at it.

If you want a problem-solver, just watch her at work on her program. There, all problems, with the shedding of a few tears and a look ‘deep inside,’ disappear. Everyone wants to be on her program and hugged by her. Think about it: Don’t you feel better after you’ve had a good cry? Oprah makes us believe, You can change yourself! Both on the inside and on the outside! A makeover and a wardrobe change does a world of good for the self-image and provides a jump-start on changing negative thought patterns. By thinking positive thoughts and getting rid of emotional blocks that hold us back, we can transform as a nation and change our abysmal approval rating in the world.

Oprah would lead by example. Look at her own transformation—from a discriminated against eating-disordered victim of abuse to billionaire.

Oprah is real. We can identify with her. She isn’t too thin, so we don’t have to be jealous. If Oprah can do it, you can do it!

If ever there was a great Communicator it is Oprah! She can talk to anybody. There would be no more flubbed lines at press conferences. Instead of the insulting desk calendars containing mangled lines for each of the 365 days of the year, we would have nice calendars with pictures of a beaming sisterly president—much like those on the cover of her magazine. Our President would be communicating to us Monday through Friday on her program, as well as in a monthly magazine. No need for reporters to dig up facts or get them from a press secretary.

Mary Grabar

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at Her writing can be found at