There's been a murmur for years about how great it would be if Oprah Winfrey were president, but after her rousing speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, that murmur became a roar.
Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award, and took advantage of her platform to talk about social progress as well as the often difficult and ugly trail it takes toward reality.
Host Seth Meyers was on board the Winfrey presidency even before her speech, with a joke during his opening monologue regarding a Winfrey-Hanks ticket. By the end of her speech, the rest of America was ready to head to the polls, if their Twitter response was any indication.
It was a speech for the ages, filled with the promise of a brighter day tomorrow while acknowledging the hard work yet to do. She had the star-studded audience of influencers hanging on her every word, and it was much the same for viewers at home. Oprah was the queen of daytime television. Now, she may just be the queen of America.
Below are some of Winfrey's most memorable points, and the responses she received from supporters on Twitter.
On Being First Black Woman Recipient
"In 1982, Sidney [Poitier] received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award," Winfrey said. "It is an honor and it is a privilege share the evening with all of them."
There is a leader who is like a stable genius who is extremely educated,self made billionaire, television superstar, and moved a nation with words...
"I'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days. But we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice," Winfrey said. "To tyrants and victims and secrets and lies, I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times."
Okay, to recap tonight's festivities thus far: Everyone should see Lady Bird and is maybe Oprah president now? #GoldenGlobes
"Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories," Winfrey said. "Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year, we became the story."
Congratulations to @Oprah for winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She just gave one of the most amazing speeches celebrating the empowerment of women, speaking their truth, and being a source of hope for the next generation.
I don't endorse running more celebrities and rich people for President, but at least Oprah: a) legit came from a humble background to become hugely successful, b) is an actual rather than pretend billionaire, and c) would staff the White House with 100% fewer white nationalists.
"I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They are the women whose names we'll never know," Winfrey said, going on to list all of the professions that have been impacted by sexual assault and harassment ... which is basically all of them.
As I sit here in tears...I have never ever seen such a speech. @Oprah, my friend. Please run for President. This world needs more of THAT. WOW.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up," Winfrey shouted triumphantly.
She shared the story of Recy Taylor, a woman who never got the chance to see her attackers brought to justice. She died 10 days ago, but at least got to see the beginning of the movement now seeking to change the world.
"I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on," Winfrey said. "It was somewhere in Rose Parks' heart almost eleven years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery. And it's here with every woman who chooses to say #MeToo, and every man who chooses to listen."
#RecyTaylor is trending because @Oprah was the first black woman to win this award and used the platform to tell her story.
"In my career, what I've always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave," Winfrey said. "I've interviewed and portrayed people who've withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning. Even during our darkest nights."
"So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon," she continued. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women -- many of whom are right here in this room tonight -- and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #MeToo again."
You can almost imagine all the serial sexual assaulters shifting uncomfortably on their seats while #Oprah spoke. No more. Done with that all. A new day on the horizon. Amen! https://t.co/gNQhRBi4KN