Fame game

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Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech on Jan. 7 has people buzzing. Macleans.ca went so far as to call the address “remarkable” in the headline for the story.

Was the impassioned address a simple acceptance speech or was it Winfrey’s first kick at campaigning for a 2020 presidential run?

A lot of people are suggesting it’s the latter and, as we learned in 2016, anyone can become president.

That is of course if you don’t care about a president’s political history – how they’ve voted on issues in the past, if they kept their campaign promises and whether they maintain a position on an issue or change their mind depending on what Fox & Friends tells them.

But we’re in Airdrie, so why should we care? Well, as we’ve seen in the last year, the president’s actions can have a major impact on the rest of the world.

There’s the NAFTA negotiations that Royal Bank of Canada’s Chief Executive Dave McKay says now has a greater chance of being scrapped. This is only bolstered by President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to pull out of the deal. Not to mention his “closed door” policy when it comes to pretty much anything outside of the United States.

Then there is the war of 280 characters Trump has issued against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, that has the potential to escalate from a war of words to a world-altering nuclear incident.

We’re not suggesting Winfrey would make a better or worse leader should she make a run for the Oval Office. What we are suggesting is, perhaps Americans should take a hard look at what it is a president requires and not vote on name recognition alone.

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