Oprah Winfrey has responded to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s revelation Monday morning that he considered appointing the talk show host to President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
On Monday, during a visit to ABC’s “Good Morning America” to defend his innocence in connection with accusations that he tried to auction off Obama’s Senate seat, the Governor said he thought Oprah would make a good replacement. The Governor faces an impeachment trial today.
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“She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way to become President,” the Governor said. “She was obviously someone with a bigger bully pulpit than other senators. She probably wouldn’t take it.”
When Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, called her a short while later to discuss the news on her Sirius XM satellite radio program, “The Gayle King Show,” the talk show host expressed her surprise.
“My plan was to get up and watch ‘Good Morning America’ and work out and then I just thought, ‘Let me just lay here another half hour.’ If I had been watching, as I normally watch — from the treadmill, I would have fallen off the treadmill,” Oprah said. “I’m pretty amused by the whole thing.”
When asked by Gayle if she would consider the seat, Oprah made her answer a definitive one.
“Absolutely not,” she said. “I would have said, ‘Where would I fit it in with my day job? My mid-day job, my night job, my radio job, my magazine job?’”
While she has no plans to enter into politics, the woman of many talents admitted she was sure she could fill the needs of such a post.
“I think I could be Senator too,” Oprah added. “I’m just not interested.”
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