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Oprah Winfrey For President? Absolutely Not!

We have entered the silly season, when Democrats, who are desperate for someone to replace Donald Trump or Mike Pence in 2020, have decided that Oprah Winfrey is the person to nominate and elect President.

This author and blogger has no issue with the significance of Oprah Winfrey to the entertainment community at large.

Oprah has had a wonderful and inspiring career, and has spoken up for much that is good and decent.

It is not an attack on her virtues to say that a speech at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony, while inspiring, is not a justification for her to be running for President.

Of course, she can run if she chooses to, but that does not mean America should elect her, or Mark Cuban, or Dwayne Johnson, or Mark Zuckerberg, or any other successful entrepreneur or entertainment star to the White House.

We should have learned from Donald Trump that being successful in entertainment or business does not qualify you to be the leader of the free world, far from it.

All of the above, including Trump, lack EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE in GOVERNMENT and FOREIGN POLICY, and in this complex world, one needs to have had a career in government, as a US Senator, a US House of Representatives member, a Governor, or a Mayor, or possibly a significant cabinet officer, such as Secretary of State, Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, or Attorney General.

One needs a record of accomplishment and involvement in the domestic and foreign policy issues that matter.

Such a person, just one example, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who if not for his age, would be seen as the best person for 2020, but the answer is to use Joe Biden’s great credentials, combined with the idealism and progressive credentials of a Joe Kennedy III or Chris Murphy or Amy Klobuchar or Cory Booker or Eric Garcetti or Kamala Harris or Gavin Newsom or numerous others as a Vice President.

Have Joe Biden agree to one term, followed by the likelihood of one of these government leaders succeeding, in theory, for two terms.

Any of the above and even others in government would be far better than a celebrity, such as Oprah Winfrey by vast margins!

The Death Of Dick Clark: The End Of Teenage Years, Youthfulness, And Innocence

The announcement at around 4 PM yesterday of the death of music entrepreneur Dick Clark hit like a shock wave to millions of Americans, many of them senior citizens, who “grew up” with Dick Clark from 1956 on, when he became the icon of young America, and somehow, never seemed to age, until he had his stroke in 2004.

His death brought back memories of what it was to be a teenager, a young man, and to focus on the growth of rock and roll and other popular music, which he advertised and promoted for more than 40 years on American Bandstand.

His death made us realize that our youth is past us, and that it will never return, as the fans of Dick Clark age!

Clark gave us the American Music Awards, and many television shows, He won numerous Golden Globe Awards and Daytime Emmy Awards, and introduced us to each New Year through his New Year’s Eve countdown from 1972 through 2011, with the exception of 2004, when he was recovering from his stroke.

He was a wonderful human being, genuine in his warmth and friendliness, and started many careers. He also promoted the development of African American musicians in a time when race still divided the music world, but he made the transition to integration at his Philadelphia and Los Angeles dance crowds on American Bandstand seem natural and normal.

His effect on American culture was massive, and he will always be remembered for his contributions, as one of the most prominent personalities in television history.

We will not see his kind again, and we have lost some of our innocence with his death at age 82. May he rest in peace!