Oprah on Palin: She’s Likable But Smart People Won’t Vote for Her

by | December 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM | Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin's Alaska, TV News

Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin (AP Photo/Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin (AP Photo/Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey thinks Sarah Palin is “very likable,” but when it comes to Palin’s possible presidential aspirations, Oprah loses her attraction to the lightning-rod ex-governor of Alaska.

That’s the interpretation you can make after reading an interview with Oprah in Parade magazine this Sunday. She’s on the cover – part of her current publicity campaign in advance of the launch of her new cable channel, OWN, on New Year’s Day.

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Asked what she thinks generally of Palin, Oprah was upbeat. “I don’t know her, so I can’t speak to [whether or not she’ll be a candidate],” said Oprah, who then offered a rave review of Palin’s show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” (though it bears mentioning that Palin’s network, TLC, is owned by Discovery Networks, the same company that’s partnering with Oprah for the launch of OWN). “I would say that America’s going to fall in love with her [after watching “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”]. When I saw that first episode, I went, ‘Whoa! She is charming and very likable’.”

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However, Oprah’s attitude toward Palin changed when Oprah was asked if the thought of Palin running for president “scared her.” In her answer, Oprah revealed that she’s not too keen on the prospect of a Palin presidency. Her answer also implied that she doesn’t think too highly of those who would vote for Palin. Said Oprah of a Palin presidential run, “It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.” Well.

Oprah evidently believes intelligent people won’t support Palin. What do you think?