A glimmer of hope. Oprah Winfrey said in an interview on Thursday, November 10, that though she is also in disbelief over the results of Donald Trump’s surprising victory Tuesday night, she is still optimistic for the future.
The 62-year-old media mogul told the Associated Press that she is still adamant that “hope is still alive” after watching video of President Barack Obama and Trump meet with each other and the press on Thursday.
“I could sense — maybe I’m wrong — but I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech, that brotha has been humbled by this whole thing,” she told the AP. “I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
The talk-show host also tweeted a screenshot of the monumental event with the caption: “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives!”
Winfrey was previously vocal in her support for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. “There really is no choice, people,” Winfrey said during an episode of T.D. Jakes’ self-titled talk show in late October. “All the people sitting around, talking about [how] they can’t decide, here’s what I want to say.”
“You don’t have to like her,” she continued. “You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote.”
Obama, 55, and the real estate mogul, 70, sat down during a White House visit to talk about the country’s upcoming transition on Thursday, and both later reported to the press that the sit-down chat was productive.
“I have been very encouraged by the interest in President-elect Trump wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces,” the POTUS said. “And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges that we face.”
Trump, meanwhile, was noticeably calmer as he addressed reporters. “This was a meeting that was maybe going to last for 10 to 15 minutes,” he said. “We were just going to get to know each other. We had never met each other. I have great respect. The meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half. And it could’ve, as far as I’m concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer. We discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel.”