During her speech, the American powerhouse contrasted where she started to how far she's come:
“A kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people's houses ... at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.”
She also expressed her gratitude for the press, which she said is “under siege these days,” and for the men and women who have fought to speak the truth even when it is difficult.
Winfrey concluded her speech with a message to “all the girls watching,” to whom she proudly exclaimed, “A new day is on the horizon.”
Her speech brought the crowd to its feet in a standing ovation and had people on social media calling it “presidential.”
Among those who speculated if it was Winfrey's unofficial declaration for a presidential run was NBC, which broadcast the show. The network tweeted:
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018
While many people praised Winfrey's impassioned speech, First Son Donald Trump Jr. pointed out that NBC's endorsement of the mogul cast out all doubts about “where the media stands.” He tweeted:
In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.
Can you trust anything they say at this point?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 8, 2018
Trump claimed that the bias against his father is “now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it” and wondered if the public can “trust anything they say at this point.”