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Oprah, the Next Education Secretary?

By Michele McNeil — December 14, 2007 1 min read
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With Oprah Winfrey’s rock-star support of Barack Obama, ABC News reporter Diane Sawyer wonders what’s next for the daytime talk diva if the Democratic senator from Illinois wins the presidency. Education secretary, perhaps?

Watch the video of Oprah’s answer from yesterday, (fast-forward to minute 5:15), and you’ll find that her evasive answer shows she’s ready for politics, even if she says a government job isn’t for her. She says she can’t think of a more compelling job than the one she has now, which she “kinda” likes.

For now, anyway, Oprah’s sights seem to be set on the monumental task of improving education not in the United States, but in another country—South Africa—an effort that has recently been mired in scandal.

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