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What started off as a joke in the middle of the 2016 presidential election chaos may become a reality: Could wrestler-turned-movie-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson make a make a bid to become commander-in-chief in 2020?
"I think that it's a real possibility," he told GQ in a recent interview. “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.’”
Talk of a Johnson 2020 run has been brewing since 2016, when Independent Journal Review published a story about how Johnson could be the man to save last year’s election cycle. A long-time registered Republican, Johnson “has cross-party appeal,” having also attended the Democratic National Convention in 2000. And in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s media-driven rise to the presidency, every celebrity you’ve never heard is running for office, The Rock seems well positioned to turn his universal popularity into political power.
Is it all that crazy to think he could do it? People don’t seem to think so. In 2016, The Washington Post that Johnson’s story make him appealing to a broad swath of American voters.
“He grew up all around the country because of his father’s job but makes his home in Florida, an important state in presidential election years and the place where he played football for the University of Miami. (The locker room was named for him after he made a major donation). Since his pivot to movie stardom, Johnson has become one of the most consistently likable celebrities in America, as measured by the Q Scores Company; he’d begin any race not just with high name recognition, but also with high favorable ratings. Johnson is even descended from James Bowles, a free black man who fought with the British during the Revolutionary War when the kingdom offered land and freedom to black Americans who joined their side. (His mother’s side of the family is Samoan.)”
But it’s not just Johnson’s fame that makes him appealing. He’s humble, hardworking, and came from nothing to live the ultimate American dream.
“‘Johnson grew up poor; he speaks of his family's eviction from a one-room apartment as the formative experience of his adolescence,’ GQ wrote in a glowing profile May 10. ‘He racked up numerous arrests for fighting and petty theft while still a minor. In high school, he found football, which helped him find college.’”
Funny how things come back full circle. When I was 14 me and family were evicted from our 1 bedroom efficiency and forced to leave the state of Hawaii. At that time I made a promise to myself to do everything I could to work extremely hard to make sure we never see another eviction notice again. The only action I could take as a 14yr old punk kid was go straight to the YMCA and hit the iron. At that time all my heroes were big strong dudes who were successful - Eastwood, Arnold, NFL players and Pro Wrestling icons. That's why it was so cool for me to go back to the YMCA this past week, train like an animal and remember where it all started for me. Funny thing I realized as I was training that I still wake up every morning at 4am to train with the mindset that "the wolf is always scratchin' at my door" and that f*cker is delivering another eviction notice. One day I'll get the proper psychiatric therapy I need ;), but until then let's always be hungry, humble and always be the hardest workers in the room. #WolfIsAlwaysScratchin #ButNotAt4am
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That’s the thing: Johnson’s just a good dude. And according to GQ, he’s an incredible listener, and has the memory of an elephant. His work schedule is as crazy as the President’s, and the fact that he is ethnically diverse could work in the Republican’s favor — or the Democrats, depending on which party he chooses.
Though Johnson avoided going public earlier, he also told GQ that both presidential campaigns wanted his endorsement last year, “which I did not give,” he said. “I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement.”
From the looks of it, the 2020 presidential field will be backed with celebrity candidates, but we’ll be keeping our eye on The Rock. After all, if Kanye West keeps his promise to run in 2020, the strong, level-headed Johnson may be the perfect antithesis to the bombastic rapper-turned-fashion-mogul.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach to whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year.
After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump didn't wait long to fire off a tweet that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran.
But four days later, Trump has no timetable for action. Instead, he wants to wait and see the results of investigations into what happened and is sending Pompeo to consult counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this week.
That sound you're hearing is Army senior leaders exhaling a sigh of relief, because the Army has surpassed its recruiting goal for the year.
After failing to meet recruiting goals in 2018, the Army put the pedal to the metal and "did some soul searching," said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, to ensure that they'd meet their 2019 goal. It must have paid off — the service announced on Tuesday that more than 68,000 recruits have signed on as active-duty soldiers, and more soldiers have stuck around than they expected.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein transformed into the Cigarette Smoking Man from "The X-Files" on Tuesday when explaining why UFO enthusiasts should avoid storming the mythical Area 51 installation in Nevada.
"All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected."
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-based Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial this summer has filed a lawsuit against two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Texas on Friday.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — The Air Force is reviewing whether some airmen's valor awards deserve to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said on Tuesday.
Goldfein revealed that several airmen are being considered for the nation's highest military award during a press conference at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. He declined to say exactly who could receive the Medal of Honor, pending the outcome of the review process.