Maryland’s new governor Wes Moore invited a particular visitor to introduce him at his inauguration on Wednesday: Oprah Winfrey.
Moore, 44, the state’s first Black governor, hosted a present for the Oprah Winfrey Community, and Winfrey campaigned for him in final 12 months’s midterms.
“Wes Moore has been a public servant his whole grownup life,” Winfrey famous in her remarks. “He’s simply getting began.”
Calling Moore “a person I actually respect and a person I so belief,” Winfrey recalled assembly him in 2010, when she interviewed him about one in all his bestselling books.
“He was clever past his years,” Winfrey mentioned.
She additionally recalled her personal time residing within the state. She moved to Columbia, MD, to work at WJZ-TV, the place she first was co-anchor of the night information. In her remarks, she recalled that she was featured on billboards with the query, “What’s an Oprah?”
“Truthfully, I didn’t actually know the reply to that myself,” she mentioned.
However her tenure as co-anchor was brief, and he or she was later enlisted to co-host a day by day discuss present on the station, Individuals Are Speaking, which she mentioned “sparked” her want to pursue a barely totally different profession path.
She additionally recalled a dialog she had with Moore on January 6, 2021. It was then that he advised her that he deliberate to run for governor.
“I mentioned, ‘You wish to run for governor on this political surroundings the place every thing is so polarized,” she mentioned. CNN was enjoying on the TV, she mentioned, and shortly got here the pictures of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Moore, although, was adamant about his plans, she Winfrey mentioned she advised him, “Go for it.”
Moore served within the U.S. Military and Military Reserve, and was CEO of the Robin Hood Basis. In his speech, Moore mentioned, “The challenges we’ll face would require all of us to reply the decision to service.”