Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today marks the final episode of the Oprah Winfrey show after an unbelievable run of 25 years. Oh, she won't be disappearing from view (she's leaving to work on her own network), but for millions of people - including many who are out of work - she'll be a sorely missed presence on the tube.
Here at Hope n' Change, we can't pretend that we're going to miss some of Ms. Winfrey's political opinions, but we'd be disingenuous if we didn't acknowledge and even celebrate the way she's demonstrated to the world that achieving "The American Dream" is still possible.
She has created an empire that covers broadcasting, print, and other media...she has created jobs for literally thousands of people...pumped billions into the economy...and she did it all without government "help." In other words, she's been instrumental in showing the power of individual initiative in a capitalist system.
If you're waiting for a punchline, well...you're going to be disappointed. Oprah Winfrey has reached out to a lot of people in a lot of positive ways, she's been generous with her charities, and whether you care for her book choices or not, she's inspired a lot of people to get serious about reading and literature again.
She took control of her life and made her own "Hope" and "Change" instead of expecting anyone to do it for her. And after 25 years, that's worth a round of applause.