When Oprah Winfrey’s partner Stedman Graham said she ‘would absolutely’ run for the White House if prompted by the people, he misheard the question, Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King said.
‘Stedman says he thought the reporter said to him, “Would she make a good president?” and he said absolutely she would,’ King said Tuesday on the show she co-hosts, CBS This Morning. ‘That’s how he interpreted the question.’
King described Graham as being ‘nothing but supportive,’ adding, ‘he would never throw it out there like that.’
‘Because this is the thing, Stedman would never so cavalierly say, “Absolutely, she would do it. It’s up to the people.” He would never do that,’ King said.
King’s co-host Norah O’Donnell wasn’t exactly buying it, pointing to the fact that Graham indeed told the Los Angeles Times, ‘She would absolutely do it.’
‘I’m telling you his interpretation of the question was … he thought the reporter was saying would she be a good president,’ King said.
Tuesday morning’s CBS This Morning became a will-she-or-won’t-she White House discussion on Winfrey, with co-hosts peppering one of their own with questions, as King has been the queen of talk’s longtime best friend.
Winfrey has previously said she has no interest in running for office and King said she believed her friend’s position was unchanged.
‘I do think this though guys, I do think she’s intrigued by the idea, I do think that,’ King said. ‘I also know that after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind.’
That being said, an Oprah for President campaign in King’s view, still seemed like a pipe dream.
SOURCE: NIKKI SCHWAB