Lady Gaga & Anna Paquin lead the cry for President Oprah

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"I believe that she could make a difference in this country.For the first time, I am even like, 'Are you sure, are you sure?' - which only irritates her".

"That being said, she doesn't have the political infrastructure and we've seen this before in our history where people who have tried to pop in that are not in politics who have had a hard time adjusting".

Winfrey, in September and October, publicly dismissed the notion of seeking the nation's highest office, though she noted that Trump's victory made her rethink the requirements of the office. "Really?", and bemoaned the "impossibly boring" current crop of major political figures, making people more likely to vote for celebrities like Mr Trump or Oprah. While all of those politicians can come up with a scenario by which a combination of luck, skill, and circumstances could lead to their winning the Democratic nomination, none have the universal name recognition, wealth, and likeability that the daytime TV star turned media mogul possesses.

In that 1988 interview, Winfrey asked Trump whether he would ever consider running for president.

Even Trump's daughter Ivanka endorsed Oprah's message, if not a political future, in a tweet Monday. Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP!

Trump has already shown that voters aren't looking for the ideal political résumé in a president, so Winfrey won't need to prove that a successful entertainer and media executive can run the country.

In receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Winfrey spoke of her humble upbringing and her childhood respect for civil rights heroes.

Trump's job approval rating sat at just 32 percent in December, according to an Associated Press-NORC poll.

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"Oprah", Trump replied. "Oprah would always be my first choice".

Trump has expressed public admiration for Winfrey on other talk shows. She was born into a poor home in MS but broke through as a television news and talk show personality in the 1980s. "Will she run for president?"

"Until this election year I thought, 'Wow". "I probably wouldn't do it, Oprah".

"She would be a serious candidate", said Jennifer Palmieri, former White House communications director under President Barack Obama and the communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

On the show Tuesday morning, King said she "was up talking to [Winfrey] very late last night".

Oprah Winfrey for President? I probably wouldn't, but I do get exhausted of seeing what's happening with this country. That could soften what Palmieri describes as an enduring resistance among some voters to women with political ambition. "I have no qualifications to run, '" she explained, adding: "I'm feeling pretty qualified".

Peoples reported from NY.

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