By Diane Cooke
The world is willing Oprah Winfrey to take on Donald Trump in 2020. The fact that she's a black female - two things he doesn't appear to be too comfortable with - would make an election battle pure theatre.
The entertainment industry's first lady would be in one corner talking about the hard reality of her childhood - poverty, sexual abuse etc - and how she's made it against all the odds. In the other corner, Trump would be spouting his usual schoolground guff against the background of a privileged upbringing.
The White House has been quick to brave-face it and say 'bring it on!' But unlike Hillary Clinton, who was wide open for criticism, Oprah is squeaky clean, apart from a bit of cocaine smoking in her twenties. The nation loves her. The world loves her. End of Trump.
“We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters and the world rubbed its collective hands in glee.
Ms Winfrey delivered a powerful speech on Sunday at the Golden Globes that brought men and women to their feet. During an impassioned monologue, the actress and talk show host discussed racism, sexism and the #MeToo movement as well as honoured Rosa Parks and the late Civil Rights icon Recy Taylor.
“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. Their time is up,” Ms Winfrey said, leading to a standing ovation.
Her remarks prompted speculation that she will run in 2020, and many on social media began calling on the TV legend to announce her presidential bid using the hashtag “#Oprah2020”.
Golden Globes host Seth Meyers jokingly forbade the 63-year-old from running for president, noting he did the same with Donald Trump in 2011.
At the event, Ms Winfrey said she had no plan to run for the White House. But her partner Stedman Graham, told the LA Times: “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”