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Listen to me – and listen closely: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the President of the United States someday.
It isn’t a question of “if,” but “when?”
That’s because the 48-year-old WWE legend, entrepreneur, and entertainment superstar is the best person on Planet Earth by any conceivable measure. He’s just better than everyone else.
Mix Barack Obama’s charisma and speaking ability with Donald Trump’s “political outsider” vibe and ability to fascinate crowds, then make the candidate much better looking than all former presidents and throw on an extra 100 pounds of solid muscle for good measure, and what do you have?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Due to his unrivaled awesomeness, every few years, a bevy of new articles are written about the possibility of Johnson entering politics, usually after The Great One is asked about the subject in an interview.
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Although, this time, The Rock kind of generated the presidential musings himself.
Will the Rock Run for President?
In his new network sitcom “Young Rock,” the semi-biographical story opens with a flash-forward to Johnson running for President in 2032. During a recent promotional event for the comedy series, the scene prompted an interviewer to ask Rock about the potential of a legitimate attempt at the White House someday.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people want,” The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment told USA Today.
“Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people, and I take a lot of pride in servicing the audience and the consumer and people, in a variety of different ways these days. So, I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
Well, if he’s leaving it up to “the people,” things are off to a phenomenal start.
The Rock is clearly adored!
What kind of sick weirdo must a person be to oppose this idea? Do you hate America?
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
A Candidacy Years in the Making
Johnson has a long history of being asked about his political aspirations. He’s mostly responded the same way throughout the years and always keeps the option open.
For example, the topic was broached by People Magazine in 2016 in the same issue in which the action star was named “Sexiest Man Alive.”
Five years ago, The Rock saw 2024 as the earliest he would consider throwing his hat into the ring.
“I couldn’t do both [acting and politics]. … Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021. So, it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024.”
“I used to say it jokingly but every time I was asked, it was with a real genuine interest. And it was very earnest. And so, I started to really think. Could I make a difference? Could I surround myself with really brilliant people to help me make decisions? Do I care about this country? And when the answers continued to come up ‘yes,’ then I thought, ‘there’s a good chance. Yeah, one day.’ Then we’ll do another interview like this.”
In June 2020, we published an article titled There’s Still Time to Bet on ‘The Rock’ for President!
2020 may have been a bit premature, by The Rock’s own admission — but we’re getting closer to the day he really runs!
He made similar remarks to Vanity Fair during the same 2016 promotional tour.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Johnson told the magazine after a press conference to promote Moana. “It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”
GQ Magazine got its chance to ask the wrestling legend about becoming President in 2017 while promoting the movie Baywatch.
“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!’I think that it’s a real possibility.”
It’s become such a frequent conversation topic The Rock jokingly announced his candidacy while hosting Saturday Night Live – also in 2017. This time, he even floated a running mate!
“Starting tonight I am running for the President of the United States. I’ve already chosen my running mate … and like me he’s very well-liked, he’s charming, universally adored by basically every human alive. Mr. Tom Hanks!”
The last one may have been in jest, but overall, that sounds like a man intent on eventually running for President!
Why wouldn’t he?
This is a person who’s never tasted failure in their career!
If Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to get himself elected Governor of California, The Rock winning the presidency is a layup! At least the latter can pronounce the name of the jurisdiction over which he’ll be governing.
The Rock’s Politics
When Rock finally commits to dedicating his excellence to serving America, it’s still unclear which party’s nomination he’ll seek.
According to the Huffington Post, as recently as 2017, Johnson was registered as an independent. He reaffirmed this political alignment in November, publicly describing himself as “a political independent and centrist,” who has historically voted for either party (depending on the candidate), in his endorsement of Joe Biden.
“In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and as my first ever (public) Presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States,” he wrote in an Instagram caption. “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness, and respect. Being KIND & RESPECTFUL to one another will always matter.”
But here’s what makes Dwayne genuinely special:
While the rest of the country devolved into divisive partisanship and hateful rhetoric, Johnson demonstrated the kind of grace and willingness to cooperate mostly absent from contemporary political discourse.
After the election, Rock explained his motivations for voting for Biden without antagonizing Trump supporters – a group of people demonized and given no consideration or acknowledgment as human beings who have legitimate gripes by the vast majority of Hollywood celebrities and the liberal establishment.
“My vote represented my little girls,” his message opened. “It also represented humanity, decency, principles and values @laurenhashianofficial [his wife] and I instill in our little daughters. And finally, my vote represented the importance of just being a decent human being. And to me, a decent human being matters. This win feels so good, but now the real work begins because we have an entire country divided.”
Johnson’s natural political instincts are on display in the following quote:
“I’m not turning my back on you just because we have a difference of opinion. I’m not made that way. I’m still right here, and when the sun comes up, we all get up with it, go to work, feed our families and pay our bills.”
Johnson might be the only person alive with the potential to inspire genuine bipartisan support!
- Nobody on the right is going to see one of their all-time favorite WWE wrestlers as a “typical, whiny, woke liberal,” — or any of the other Democratic stereotypes perpetrated by some conservatives.
- Conversely, The Rock can relate to Republicans without drawing the ire of liberals. He voted for Biden, has been scandal-free his entire career, and is a mixed-race person of color.
Dwayne already earned himself a couple of public endorsements during the latest round of discussions around Rocky’s presidential prospects.
WWE legend The Undertaker – real name: Mark William Calaway — spoke to TMZ Sports in February about The Rock’s future in politics.
Taker praised his peer’s work ethic, saying: “That man works his tail off and he dives in wholeheartedly in everything that he does and if he gets his mindset that he wants to make a run at politics, ya know what? I think he’ll do it,”
The recently retired Calaway believes The Rock has what it takes to unite the country.
“He’s so charming, he’s so witty, I think he can be the uniter that people are looking for,” Undertaker said. “I know that he has the charisma. Maybe all it would take would be one eyebrow, and he’d look at the left, raise the eyebrow. Look at the right, raise an eyebrow and hit ’em with the People’s Elbow.”
Chris Jericho also gave Dwayne a ringing endorsement recently during an interview with Business Insider.
“Everything the guy does turns to gold, ’cause he’s got the work ethic to make it happen,” Jericho explained. “Why wouldn’t he want to try politics? I think The Rock, if you look at how he’s built his career, much like Schwarzenegger when he became the Governor of California. When you work to a certain level, how much bigger can you get? How much more can you do?”
Jericho, who wrestled for the WWE alongside Dwayne for several years, also concluded that Donald Trump’s election had opened the door for celebrity politics.
“We’ve entered an era now having Trump in the office, whether you agree or don’t agree, he got in because of his celebrity. That’s exactly why. He knew how to play a camera. He knew how to deliver lines. He knew how to be charismatic enough to get people on his side, and that’s what politics is. You know, even Obama. As long as you have some money behind you and can deliver lines charismatically, I think Rocky has a chance to really get in there and take over if he wants to do it.”
Everyone Else in the Professional Wrestling Industry
Make no mistake, on the day Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson officially announced his candidacy for President, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker’s endorsements will be joined by more from every single person involved in professional wrestling.
Vince McMahon was a major donor to both Trump campaigns. For decades, the two business moguls worked together. The NY real estate developer agreed to host the (then) WWF’s major events at his Atlantic City resorts when the promotion was desperate for such a partnership. Later, the former President even appeared on wrestling broadcasts, including participating in an angle that ended with Trump shaving McMahon’s head in the middle of the ring.
Still, those partnerships pale in comparison to the contributions The Rock made to Vince’s company. Besides Stone Cold Steve Austin, nobody was ever a hotter star than Johnson.
Winning elections is all about fund-raising, and the wrestler-turned-actor has some big-money billionaires behind him.
Joe Rogan and Jocko Willink
Joe Rogan and former Navy Seal/professional tough guy/discipline psycho Jocko Willink also endorsed Rocky as the perfect candidate to heal a divided America on the former’s podcast.
Smelling What the President is Cooking
I have never been more confident in a political prediction in my life than I am about Dwayne Johnson becoming the President.
Once his fellow WWE Hall of Famer became the 45th President of the United States, Rocky’s ascension to the Oval Office transformed into more than a silly pipe dream. As far as I’m concerned, it became inevitable.
Trump changed American politics; elections are now an entertainment event/reality TV competition.
For better or worse, today’s electoral environment is tailor-made for the highest-grossing movie star in Hollywood.
During his wrestling career, nobody was better on the mic than The Rock. Those same off-the-cuff skills that propelled Trump past the 2016 primary field and Hillary Clinton are available to Johnson – only the superstar actor has more charisma and ten times the tact and humility.
Beyond his natural charms, Dwayne has avoided controversies, is universally liked, and has cultivated a plethora of powerful relationships through his many successful business dealings. He’s the perfect candidate – and arguably the perfect human.
Which brings me back to my original question:
When will The Rock become President?
I suspect 2024 is too soon, especially with Joe Biden or Kamala Harris expected to run on the Democratic side.
2028 — four years earlier than Young Rock predicts — is when it will happen.
Johnson is too savvy to challenge Kamala Harris running as either the incumbent (I’m of the belief that VP Harris will be forced to step in for Biden during his first term), or Biden’s heir apparent — it’s bad optics.
By waiting four more years, he guarantees a weaker field of competitors.
- On the Democrats side, he’ll only have 2020 rejects like Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar to worry about.
- Meanwhile, on the right, Trump’s influence will have waned, with no candidates capable of reigniting the excitement the former President generated.
Life is all about timing — nobody knows that better than someone as successful as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
So, don’t resist it; let yourself smell what The Rock is cookin’! Because in 2028, he’ll be in charge of America’s kitchen.