When Donald Trump was elected, it changed how people view the presidency. Since November, I have been told that Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah should all consider running for President.
It’s quite clear that we have officially entered into the era of the celebrity POTUS. Knowing that, I was not entirely shocked when, earlier this week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he might run for President in 2020.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out. I’m not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure. I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring. And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of other things I want to do first.”
Almost a year later, it seems like his resolve has only been hardened. During his most recent interview with the magazine, Johnson doubled-down on his previous statement:
“A year ago it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’ I didn’t want to be flippant—‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. .. I wouldn’t shut them out… The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it…
When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with—for example, the media—I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our shit out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you’re setting is ‘Now I’m shutting you out. And you can’t come’.”