Thanks to Donald Trump, we have to take every celebrity seriously when they joke about running for President. Such is the case with Dwane Johnson, aka “The Rock”. The jabroni beating, pie-eating, trailblazing, eyebrow raising, taking no mess, trolling the press, with gains in the gym, hashtag #ImWithHim, People’s champion.
He does have great conflict management skills…
But running for president? Here’s what he told Jimmy Fallon…
“To become president. I was — I’ve really been blown away. It’s so flattering, and I think — you asked the question ‘why.’ I think it’s because, you know, a lot of people want to see a different leadership today, or even — I’m sorry, not different, but a better leadership today…and I think more poise, less noise. And I also think — I think over the years, I’ve become a guy that a lot of people kinda relate to. Get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour, go to work, spend time with the troops, take care of my family. I love taking care of people, and I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today…”
So you’re running then?
Okay, let’s play reality for a second. The president is supposed to be the leader of our country. Not a voter’s “best friend.” Not someone you’d “want to have a beer with.” Not someone who play pretend wrestled and play-pretend smashed heads for a living. The president is supposed to represent America’s interests. Defend America’s interests. He (or she) is our representative. Not our entertainer. Our representative. We elect him (or her). Running the country includes much more than coining nifty hashtags or slogans. A concept lost on many.
I say all that because there’s been some confusion on the subject for a long while. Long before even Trump. Television has altered politics, swinging elections for the most “charming” or the politician who “Just gets me as an American.” It’s bull crap. But thanks to television politics, now we have a former WWE “champion” and actor considering running for president. Why? Because people like him. Sure, people liking someone is great. But “I like you, I want you to lead the free world” isn’t how this used to go down.