Dear Ms Winfrey,
I have long admired you. As a young person, I’d enjoy your afternoon talk show nearly every day, after General Hospital, at a friend’s house or my own–you were a vital part of our after school ritual. That was my introduction to you. And I enjoyed you, and the way you connected with people, and brought out interesting stories.
But what really made me appreciate you was your work in the decades that followed: your amazing depiction of a character in the amazing story of The Color Purple; your raising awareness of so many issues; your sharing of your own struggle with body image and ultimate acceptance of the body you were meant to have, while also encouraging healthy lives; your helping people find their honest truth and live that truth; your getting people to read; your appreciation of the finer things in life. All of these helped me to appreciate you. Over the years, I’ve learned from you, been inspired by you, and admired you.
And tonight, as I watched your speech at the Golden Globes, as you won the Cecil B. DeMille Award, I was again in awe. And as I listened to you, I recognized your wisdom. And I realized you as the leader I have long known you to be.
By speaking up for racial justice, by speaking against sexual harassment, by speaking of the value of the press–you articulated the message that is so needed in our society right now. You are the leader we need, as well as the one I hope we deserve.
I’m writing this because I know you are already a leader. And I know you have spoken before on and off about running for office, and largely dismissed that idea (although you seem to have left room for the idea recently). But this is me asking you to run for president.
In another year, you might not be the right nominee. You aren’t a typical candidate, for many reasons. But, that’s exactly why you are the candidate we need right now.
Because you have the skills, and the albeit non-traditional experience, and the wisdom, and the ability to speak with people, and the compassion, and the judgement, and so many other skills that are those that we need in the leader of our country.
I hope that you will consider this idea. We need you.