prahWinfrey gave a wonderful speech at the Golden Globes when she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award -- so wonderful pundits have begun to speculate about her running for president of the United States. According to some anonymously cited friends,Winfrey has expressed interest in running, and on paper she is certainly set to be a contender: She is a successful leader of a media empire; she is popular, with a wide- ranging appeal that spans decades. She cer- tainly knows how to campaign for others, how to lobby a politician, to raise funds, to do somany of the unseen things that can lead to office. But to be the person in front with the power to direct the country and in some ways the world? No. She is not remotely qual- ified to hold one of the most powerful politi- cal offices in the world. Not yet. While past leaders with no direct military experience have managed to learn on the job, we are seeing how that strategy can backfire, as tweets threatening nuclear war fly from the person with the power to launch nuclear missiles. The cult of personality that elected him could have dire consequences for the world. So why replicate that error in judg- ment? President Trump has never held political office before, and his policies have yielded less than spectacular results. Every time Trump sends an inflammatory tweet, there's a live lesson on why being president is not an entry-level position. Lost in the maze of headlines about this administration's scan- dals and internal strife is the sad reality that real people are being harmed by inexperi- ence and incompetence. Much of Puerto Rico is still without power, with terrible con- sequences for Puerto Ricans and a critical negative impact onmedical care on the mainland as well; there is no actual date in sight for when life there may get back to some semblance of normal. Catchy slogans and a brash attitude make for great TV, not great governance. Winfrey is a savvy business executive, with a talent for finding and promoting media personalities. The quality of those personali- ties is somewhat dubious given the scandals that have arisen around Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Jenny McCarthy. However successful she has been at choosing people who can sell a prod- uct does not mean she is equipped to select a qualified cabinet. Can she negotiate a deal? I am sure she can. That does not necessarily mean she is equipped to navigate compli- cated global issues around resources or poverty or terrorism. Not at the level of power the U.S. president commands. Yes, other celebs have transitioned from media to politics. CouldWinfrey do the same? Absolutely. Local office would be the place to start, whether that be city council, mayor, state senate -- any office where she could learn how to govern, just as many per- sonality-driven politicians have before her. By the time Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency, he had been a union president for two terms and governor of California for eight years. JesseVentura started his political career as a mayor before going on to be gov- ernor. President Barack Obama was a consti- tutional law scholar, community organizer, and he served in the Illinois state senate for seven years and as a junior senator in Con- gress for three years. Although the Constitution only requires presidents to be natural-born citizens aged 35 and up, it never hurts to expand on criteria established over 200 years ago. After all, the Founding Fathers could never have envi- sioned the existence of television, much less the power it has over American citizens. The criteria for having access to nuclear weapons should not be "I liked this person onTV," whether you were watching "The Appren- tice" or "The OprahWinfrey Show." It should be "this person is qualified, prepared, and wise enough not to treat a potential disaster as a game."With that inmind, we might have a chance at being led by politicians who are accountable to their constituents and who have some idea of what it means to be re- sponsible for the lives of billions. You want someone who can win in 2020? Great. How about supporting the candidates who will knowwhat to do after they win? As a candidate for the presidency in 2020,Winfrey is not prepared, but that does not mean there are no women who are ready.Whether your politics lead you to back candidates like Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Sen. Kamala Har- ris, D-Calif.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. MaxineWaters, D-Calif.; or any of the other women who hold public office, your options include qualified, experienced women who understand policy. Support women running for office, but let's support them running for the offices they are quali- fied for -- we have seen what happens when someone's idea of a charismatic, untested celebrity takes theWhite House. -T HE W ASHINGTON P OST News India Times January 19, 2018 2 Opinion O Published weekly, Founded in 1975.The views expressed on the opinion pages are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of News IndiaTimes. Copyright © 2017, News IndiaTimes News IndiaTimes (ISSN 0199-901X) is published every Friday by ParikhWorldwide Media LLC., I15West 30th Street, Suite 1206, NewYork, NY 10001. Periodicals postage paid at NewYork, N.Y., and at additional mailing offices. 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(212) 675-7624 E-mails Website Chicago Office 2652 West Devon Avenue, Suite B Chicago, IL 60659 Tel. (773) 856-3345 California Office 650 Vermont Ave, Suite #46 Anaheim, CA 92805 Mumbai Office Nikita Ajay Pai Goregaon, West Mumbai Ahmedabad Office 303 Kashiparekh Complex C.G. Road, 29 Adarsh Society Ahmedabad 380009 Tel. 26446947 F ax. 26565596 Mikki Kendall Writer based in Chicago Want ToSeeOprahBePresident?Maybe SheShouldStartWithCityCouncil. T he past decade has divided U.S. geog- raphy into haves and have-nots. The haves: educated, wealthy communi- ties in large metro areas like NewYork and San Francisco. The have-nots: places with structural problems like cities in the Rust Belt; communities that suffered the worst in the housing bust like Riverside, California; plus perhaps smaller and mid-size cities that lack the infrastructure, amenities and di- verse economies of larger metro areas. There's good news for those left-behind places. The strength and breadth of the cur- rent economic expansion is finally about to give them a chance to adapt and reorient themselves as we look toward the next decade. Price begins to explain their moment. In the highly educated, coastal urban hubs, housing costs have become exorbitant. That's been the case for years now, which has led to rising housing costs in metro areas "one step down" from those primary hubs. In the western United States that's meant Seattle, Portland and Denver. In the east it's meant places like Philadelphia, Nashville, and the Research Triangle in North Carolina and Atlanta. But now even those places are grappling with affordability crises, forcing budget-strapped people to consider places in a third, more affordable class of metros. Additionally, a job market as strong as the one we have now increases labor mobility. Workers have more employment options, so they're more likely to quit their jobs and look for new ones. This tends to increase migra- tion from the Northeast and the Midwest to the South and theWest, and from high-cost cities into lower-cost cities and suburbs. All of this represents an opportunity for left-behind places. But unlike places like NewYork or San Francisco, or the next tier of places like Denver and Nashville, there are reasons they've been left behind until now. Rust Belt cities struggle with poor demo- graphics. Housing-bust communities like Riverside struggle to build more balanced economies less reliant on real estate specu- lation. Mid-size cities lack the global airports and deep talent pools that bigger metro areas have. But while these three types of communi- ties may never be able to match up to their more desirable counterparts, they can still offer value to people and come up with bet- ter models than they have today. Urban downtowns have been revitalized by con- verting old factory buildings into loft offices and apartments. Rust Belt cities have plenty of old factory buildings. TheWall Street Jour- nal recently covered the effort in FortWayne, Indiana, to convert an old General Electric factory complex into a $440 million loft of- fice-and-apartment development. The approach for "busted suburbia" like Riverside is to give the communities more of an urban feel. That might mean mid-rise apartment buildings and mixed-use devel- opments instead of strip malls on major cor- ridors, and townhomes with some walkable amenities replacing some neglected neigh- borhoods of single-family detached homes. Additionally, by creating "nodes" with some- what higher density, you create the scale for public transit to make more economic sense for city governments and have more value for residents. For mid-size cities, the answer might be emphasizing what makes them unique. Whether it's mountain towns in theWest, grittiness and character of the Rust Belt, or the mix of old and new in the South, most mid-size cities have something distinct about them that can be appealing to both lo- cals and potential migrants. - B LOOMBERG V IEW TheAmericanCitiesLeft Behind NowGet TheirTurn By Conor Sen