Dwayne Johnson: I Might Run For President

From an interview with GQ Magazine:

Last June, when The Washington Post published an op-ed suggesting he could be a viable candidate, Johnson posted a screen grab and gave the idea a boost. On Instagram, he called the Post piece “interesting” and “fun to read,” adding that “the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country.”

Since then, Johnson tells me, he’s given the question more thought. “A year ago,” he says, “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!’”

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.

The full piece is actually pretty entertaining.

  • Silver Badger

    Who?

  • Todd20036

    OFFS. And now that we have a reality show loser in the WH, any idiot with a following and fame thinks he can run the country.

    And that’s assuming Trump doesn’t leave the country as a radioactive slag pit.

    And I don’t care even if this character is a liberal.

    I don’t want a high school graduate to perform heart surgery on me.

    • His HolyShit, the Donald

      “He’s an outsider, doesn’t owe anybody in DC and will destroy the establishments” – trumpanzees & St. Sanders worshipers

    • Xuuths

      You do remember Ralph Nader running for president? Or Ross Perot? This is not a tRUMP phenomenon, but has been a long-standing thing.

      • Todd20036

        Yeah, I know. But Ralph was a fringe candidate. Perot was pretty bad, but he had the decency to run as a 3rd party candidate.
        Trump ran as an incompetent Nazi

      • Circle Thomas

        Or Ronald Reagan.

    • MBear

      This is what murrikkkan ‘culture’ produces. Why not? He’d get more votes than some BOF who has been in politics for any period of time…?

      • MBear

        Hell, while we’re at: why aren’t the Kartrashians running for office?!? Or what’s Snookie been up to – prepping for a 2020 run?

        This is what murrikkka produces

    • saucetin

      But he can do “the wave” w/ his eyebrows,
      and remove panties w/ the power of his mind-waves.

  • Frostbite

    idiocracy is prophecy. #scary

    • Halou

      Yes and no. The people in Idiocracy are aware that they are stupid, they are honest, and they seek out intelligent people to help them solve their problems.

  • chefbd

    Haven’t we already established the fact that this is not an entry level position?

    • canoebum

      Yeah, try being a Congressman or Senator for a few terms. See if the work appeals to you.

      • Or a governor. Or a VP. And so forth and so on.

        • Todd20036

          Or even on a local school board.

          • Nowhereman

            That is how the so-called moral majority did it, and then the teabaggers. They started with local school boards. Now they’re in Congress.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Exactly. Franken your way into politics and prove your worth.

        • canoebum

          Now that’s a man I’d like to see in the Oval Office.

          • FAEN

            Yep.

        • His HolyShit, the Donald

          Franken graduated Harvard cum laude …

          • FAEN

            He’s such an elitist 😉…getting an education and all that.

          • His HolyShit, the Donald

            Why hasn’t pee-sident Trump hired his TRUMP U grads, ANY FUKEN WHERE???

          • FAEN

            Exactly!

          • Todd20036

            Good point. Funny, the Trump U grads don’t seem to be making it very far with those “degrees”

            I really don’t have much sympathy for them, though

          • His HolyShit, the Donald

            Oh, I have none. They either get their settlement checks or too stupid to even get one.

            Another reason the “free college” thing is a nonstarter for me.

            BTW< always like your posts

          • Steverino

            Trump U degrees make degrees from Liberty U seem equivalent to degrees from Harvard or Yale.

          • Xuuths

            Cause they’re suing him?

        • The_Wretched

          Franken did call-in political radio for years to get good at talking to people politically.

      • nipper

        Or even a dog catcher

    • Nah, this is America!

      And while we’re at it, why not let me perform your appendectomy? I mean, you don’t want some hoity toity elitist doing it, do ya? :p

      • Southeast PDXer

        I think you misspelled it. It should be: M’erca!

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      • metrored

        Only if you’re a famous multimillionaire. The only thing worse than a hoity toity elitist is a poor person.

        • kcken

          IQ is measured in “billions” on the right….

          • northern_neighbour

            You ARE referring to the Inequality Quotient here, no?

            And yeah, you are absolutely spot on … cuz on the right if you don’t have billions your IQ is worthless and thus you are also worthless. And Expendable.

    • crewman

      I would want to know, is this because he has a huge desire to serve his country, or is this for his ego? If the former, run for House/Senate or Governor or some other public office and get familiar with politics.

      • JDS

        Ego.

    • Duh-David

      Yes, we need a new county clerk here in November, but he’ll need to move to my neighborhood right now to get the 6-month residency in.

      • saucetin

        I sense an ulterior motive and I lend my unsought endorsement.

    • Jack

      Au contraire. We have established that it IS an entry level position.

      And it’s time we had a tattooed president.

      • Acronym Jim

        Didn’t James Buchanan have a tramp stamp?

        • saucetin

          You’re thinking of Pat Buchannan. And it’s of a former Buddhist symbol that’s “…fallen on hard times.” #tattooU.

        • Jack

          I don’t know.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “Successfully campaigning” and “doing the job” are two different things.

    • Mike Thakar

      Career politicians haven’t done so well, you know. They are all about themselves, becoming this detrimental combination of a bureaucracy of corruption. And I include Clinton and Sanders among that ilk.

  • b

    I’d vote for that guy. Kind, real.

    • Todd20036

      I don’t want kind or real in the WH. I want someone who knows how to run the fucking government.

      • FAEN

        Sadly Cheeto is so incompetent I think Dwayne would do a better job. I realize the bar is low(understatement)but at least Dwayne would understand you shouldn’t use nukes just because you have them.

        • Reality.Bites

          At least Dwayne has a proven ability to read a script.

      • MichaelJ

        I’d also want someone who, at a minimum, is unconcerned with making sure the wealthy and powerful keep their wealth and power.

  • Butch

    Based on what, dude? Your ability to pretend you’re holding up a stack of tires in a commercial? I’m actually afraid there are people in this country who would enthusiastically support him.

  • With the requirements to be President so incredibly low….what is to STOP anyone from pursuing the Presidency of the United States…

    • MBear

      any idiot with lots of $$$ and a fan base can be president!

  • Sam_Handwich

    i have no idea who this is

    • Silver Badger

      Me either too.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I do. But I think he should stay with auditioning for the part.

    • KnownDonorDad
      • The_Wretched

        We only say “your welcome” in that sing-song anymore.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Really? He has been a body builder, wrestling champ ( not that I watch either) and has been in all kinds of movies from science fiction and kids movies to many shootum up films over years. He was ‘The Rock’ and is now Dwayne and a household name. I’m just trying to understand how you don’t have a clue who he is but then I don’t know most of the people in the movies or music by name today.

      • jmax

        When his (home-schooled) children were younger, my brother wouldn’t let them watch Disney’s Snow White or the Harry Potter movies because they had witches in them. But they have seen every Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie because violence is just fine with xtians, apparently.

  • Capritaur
    • KnownDonorDad

      THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT

    • WitlessProtection

      I used to think this entire movie was satire….

      • KnownDonorDad

        It’s the most terrifying film ever made.

        • WitlessProtection

          Mostly because it is coming true right before our very eyes.

    • colo303

      Pretty much all of this.

  • Hey, he’s a ten-time heavyweight champion, and a 5-time tag team champ! I smell what he’s cooking.

    That said, while he’d probably be better than Trump (not a high bar to clear…), I’ve come to think that we kinda need a politician as President.

    • Silver Badger

      Thank you. I agree.

  • Rex

    Apparently an over inflated ego is now the preeminent qualification to run for President.

    • TJ

      It would be an improvement over our current president, who is all id all the time.

    • saucetin

      The ego isn’t all that’s inflated there, tho’. Ask the blonde.

  • bkmn

    He seems like an intelligent guy but unless he has some serious plans on how to improve things instead of tear everything down I don’t think this is a good thing.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    o/t Anderson Cooper rolling his eyes was ‘sexism’, according to Bowling Green Kelly.

    https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/862635559017037824

    • FAEN

      [email protected] Conjob-get some medical attention for that thing you call a face and STFU already.

      • Todd20036

        Meth will do that to a face. I’m being serious

        • FAEN

          That she’s taking meth doesn’t surprise me one bit.

          • Todd20036

            Me neither. She deserves the damage, too

    • greenmanTN

      As if they give a shit about sexism. Like complaints over the “homophobia” of Colbert calling Trump Putin’s cockholster.

      It was the homopbia and sexism that bothered you. Uh-huh, right…

      Really. This is my believe you face.

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e8/24/7b/e8247b8374230316e3d5ee0864ec94cb.jpg

  • Gustav2
    • Sam_Handwich
    • barrixines

      I take it that’s how he would lead the National Day of Prayer.

      • jmax

        “Oh god, oh god, OH GOD!!!!!

    • Halou

      Just don’t do it in the Oval Office. Firstly, the Russians will see it (what do you think all the electronic equipment was for when only TASS reporters were allowed in for the Trump-Lavrov collaboration?). And secondly, doing it in the Oval Office is apparently an impeachable offense.

      • band

        Perjury, actually.

      • olandp

        Only if you are a Democrat.

    • FAEN

      Well he’s certainly looks like a human specially when compared to the saggy BLOTUS with tiny hands currently occupying the WH.

    • TimCA

      Well that settles it. I won’t vote for him for president but as soon as his gay porn movie is released he’s definitely got a new customer!

    • Marti386

      Now I know why he’s called “The Rock”. Look at those buns.

      • Todd20036

        He definitely has a fuckable ass. I’ll give him that.

        • TimCA

          orbicular perfection indeed 🙂

        • MBear

          Agreed.
          He should prep for his presidential run by giving loud speeches into pillows.

      • TimCA

        “the rocks” lol

    • JDS

      LOL!

    • saucetin

      Why go to the gym, when you can get a full workout at the office?

    • greenmanTN

      Don’t confuse me. That might make me vote for him.

  • Rex

    His running for president is about as real as his wresting in the WWE.

  • Halou

    Sure. Why not?

  • Randy Ellicott

    The only thing he would have to do to be better than trump is stay in DC for over 7 days…

  • David L. Caster

    Start by running for Governor in California and practicing at that level first. You are a good guy but you need to get your feet wet before jumping head first into presidential politics.

    • TimCA

      We’ve already had a Schwarzenegger. Let him start on the city council level somewhere.

      • David L. Caster

        There is that.

  • CJAS

    “The most important thing right now is strong honest leadership.” Is it? Or is it the most important thing is intelligent qualified leadership. Washington, Hamilton, Randolph, Jefferson and Knox may have been making it up, but they all had superior minds and relevant experience.

  • The_Wretched

    While I’d take the Rock over the Orange in a heartbeat, I generally prefer someone who has qualifications for the office. Maybe some time as a Secretary or Governor.

    • Reality.Bites

      Or, you know, city councillor. School board member. Dog catcher. Any elected office at all would be a nice change.

  • WitlessProtection

    I think we have established that celebrities do not make good Presidents, I mean look at Reagan.

  • Dirty Harry

    The Rock, the “Peoples Champion” for President? More mouth than Trump for sure.
    Can smell what’s cooking?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVos0UBvpoc

  • Dave F.

    The Rock vs Dumb As A Rock 2020.

  • ikahana

    Oh Sweetie, Pretty is enough. Let someone else do the thinking.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Let’s just put him in a ring with the incumbent and they can fight for the title in 2020.

  • Marti386

    I for one would feel better with Maui as president.

  • another_steve

    Enough already with people who have no political experience wanting to be President of the United States.

    Aren’t we today suffering the consequences of having as President someone like that?

  • MBear

    no

  • Jack

    I haven’t read the full piece yet and I don’t have a clue as to his qualifications, but it would be great to have a person with a real personality in the White House.

  • JDS

    Well no lesser actor such as Ronnie Raygun has run for president. Well it was Nancy controlling him so… Do you have a wife like Nancy (who it was purported around Hollywood that she gave the best hummers during her single days.)

  • Boreal

    Um, no.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Not that I would ever suggest or support such a move, but it is unfair to imply he’s stupid, because that’s just not the case. I mean, he does have Bachelor’s in Criminology and Physiology. Again, not saying he should run, but given the current occupant of the WH, he at least could form sentences and have a relatively passable degree of comprehension and decorum.

    • this. at least he has an education and knows about personal success. that’s how bad drumpf is, even movie stars look more presidential than he does.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Saying it’s sad, does not do it justice.

  • Nowhereman

    Please, no more movie or reality TV stars. I’d really like someone with some effing experience in and knowledge of government to be in the White House.

  • JWC

    just find some one who can fill 8 out of 10 of the qualities of Obama

  • Mb

    I seem to remember that he is just another celebrity Republican.

  • nipper

    Im so over him, he is starting to get a swelled head.

  • Puckfair52

    Gimme a Fuckin Break!

  • narutomania

    NNNnnnnoooo!!

    The presidency is not some joke. While a president can come from any walk of life, from anywhere in the United States, not just any old someone should be president.

    • KnownDonorDad

      We’re in an era where fame threatens to become the only real prerequisite.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    He can’t be worse than Trump, and his ass looks a whole lot better.

  • Michael

    Maybe he should admit to being gay first. You know, grow a pair and have some integrity.

  • Niblet58

    Why the fuck not, at least he’d be easier on the eyes….

    • Guess?

      He’s a Republican. That’s why the fuck not.

  • Mike Thakar

    I’d vote for him in a second over Herr Trump!

  • ted-

    Noooooooooooooooooo… No more celebrities!

    Sanders & Warren 2020!

  • No More GOP.

    Odin save us from actors. He’s a decent entertainer, and reportedly a nice guy… those are not the qualifications of a person who will be President of the United States. Enough with celebrities entering politics.

  • RealityBass

    Girl, please.

  • leastyebejudged

    May as well, it’s not as if there’s any question now that the system is rigged, your vote doesn’t count, and any claim of democracy is laughable in this banana republic.

  • James

    Dwayne Johnson the highest-paid movie star on Earth? Not likely.

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    I’d support him – if only to give the Canadians a run for their money on the sexiness of the country’s leader.

  • Sean Taylor

    ferfuxake

  • Carl

    Rock, get your ego under control, sweetie. Try congress or maybe something local and see where it goes from there, okay?

  • Paul

    If he runs as a Dem, and Trump is re-nominated as a Rep, I hope the Libertarians nominate a Matt Stone/Trey Parker ticket.

  • REBELComx

    He’ll do a fantastic job. Then when he runs for reelection, he can use “You’re Welcome” from MOANA as his campaign song…