U.S. President Oprah Winfrey has a nice ring to it but don’t consider it a possibility.
The “Queen of All Media” rejected the idea she would run for the presidency at Monday’s Ambassadors for Humanity Gala. Winfrey expressed her intentions — or lack thereof — when a woman in the audience shouted, “Oprah for president!”
Winfrey, 64, attended the gala to speak about the USC Shoah Foundation co-chairs Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg. She also acknowledged honourees Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
Winfrey also took a moment to honour the 11 victims of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “Racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, tribalism… they’re all alive but do nothing for our humankind,” Winfrey said, per Variety. She said the event honoured those who embody “tolerance, understanding, a sense of mutual respect for each and every being on Earth.”
Spielberg was tasked with speaking about the night’s honourees. The pioneer filmmaker said Hanks and Wilson “are helping to solve some of today’s greatest riddles: ‘Where is the commonality and conversation? Where’s that gone? How do we connect when we don’t understand each other?’”
When accepting his honours, Hanks thanked those veterans of the Second World War in attendance and acknowledged young advocates for better gun-control laws: “It’s young men, young Americans who see an injustice, who have experienced a horror, and understand that it’s going to have to take a single drop joined together with a multitude of others to form a sea of justice and freedom.”