Meryl Streep says Oprah Winfrey has 'the voice of a leader'

Actress Meryl Streep has said Oprah Winfrey has "the voice of a leader", as speculation swirls that the chat show queen may mount a presidential bid.

Referring to Oprah's speech at this weekend's Golden Globes, Streep told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "That is how you rouse people. That is how you lead."

  And the actress said she had heard that Oprah "is really considering" running.
She "certainly set the bar pretty high for anybody else who decides to run" for president in 2020, Streep added.
"No one can speak in less lofty terms and adhere to principle and passion in a political campaign, because we've seen that it's possible," she said.
Streep was in the audience when Winfrey gave her address at Sunday's award ceremony, which was dominated by the fallout from Hollywood's sex abuse scandals. She received a rapturous reception for telling the audience "a new day is on the horizon
She was speaking alongside her co-star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, who both expressed similar sentiments about Oprah's appeal.
"Oprah's had 35 years experience of building bridges and creating conversations between disparate people who don't agree... on her syndicated television show," Spielberg said. "For me, those are credentials for qualification."

Friday, January 12th 2018
By Neil Smith - BBC

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