Addressing the elephant in the room

Wednesday night on the Late Show with Stephen Cobert Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he “absolutely would consider a run for political office.

“I know you’re not particularly a political person, but people have talked to you about whether you would run for political office yourself,” Colbert said. “Do you actually take that possibility seriously?”

“I absolutely do, yes,” Johnson responded.

Johnson then explained that a Washington Post article suggested that if he ran, he would have a shot at winning, and that’s where the hype began.

“So when that started picking up — of course when I’m asked — yes, I have incredible respect for our American people and our country, so I said, ‘Yes, I would consider it,’” Johnson added. “But at the same time, Stephen — I mean, look, I’m not delusional at all. Like I feel like I … you know what it is? I need that thing … oh, experience.”


It started off as a joke, then it became more serious. Now Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson says running for president in 2020 is “a real possibility.” Johnson said the below in a May of 2017 interview with GQ magazine.

“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,’ ” he told GQ’s Caity Weaver.

“I didn’t want to be flippant,” he added about what his platform might be, such as giving joke responses like “We’ll have three days off for a weekend!” or “No taxes!”

Weaver writes: “So, after all that consideration, Johnson doesn’t hesitate when I ask him whether he honestly might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth — which is unquestionably easier, more fun, and more lucrative than being president of the United States — in order to run for office. ‘I think that it’s a real possibility,’ he says solemnly.”

It sounds like “The Rock’ being the ultimate performer and full of self confidence is leaving the door open. He is also humble enough to realize he has no experience. Experience has not seemed to hamper President Trump. We have far too many experienced career politicians and not enough people in Washington that have actually accomplished anything outside of politics. “The Rock” being in politics could be entertaining.

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