The current and 44th President of the United States is Barack Obama. He is nearing the end of his second term. With his second term coming to an end, many political figures, such as Hilary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders, have announced their bid to run. The President of the United States is the head of state and government in America. The President is the leader of a superpower, has a vast nuclear arsenal and is commander-in-chief to the United States Armed forces. The President is also the leader of the nation with one of the largest economies. Perhaps, that is why so many people get nervous when a celebrity announces their intention to run for President.
Many celebrities have hinted or alluded to the possibility of them running for President. Recently, Real Estate Mogul and former reality TV show host Donald Trump announced his intention to run for President as a Republican in 2016. He’s not the only celeb running for President. Stand up comedian and actress Roseanne Barr is also running for President on the Peace and Freedom Party. This will actually be her second attempt after running in 2012. They wouldn’t be the first celebrities to run. Former President Ronald Reagan had a short career as an actor in the late 30s.
Hollywood celebrities are some of the most influential people in the world. That got us thinking and wondering about some other celebs that should also consider running for President some day. Here is a look at 10 Celebrities who should run of President.
10 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is best known for his two-time Emmy Award Winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom, 30 Rock. He also has a very successful film career appearing in movies such as The Hunt For Red October, Beetlejuice and The Departed. He is a Democrat and endorsed Barrack Obama in his two presidential campaigns. In 2011, rumors began to circulate that Alec was considering a run for Mayor of New York in 2013. Later that year he announced he wouldn’t run and would continue on 30 Rock. Since his announcement that he would consider running for mayor, many have speculated that he may one day run for President.
9 Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura is a former professional wrestler, actor and former Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He initially ran on The Reform Party and later switched to The Independent Party of Minnesota. Jesse started his career as a wrestler and had great success working in the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He later joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF now WWE). He was forced to retire after an injury and become a color commentator. He also appeared in a number of films including, Running Man, Predator and Demolition Man. He was the host of Conspiracy Theories With Jesse Ventura and currently hosts Off The Grid. He’s hinted at running for president for years but hasn’t at this point. Rumors circulate that he may run in 2016. He stated in interviews on Piers Morgan and The View, he would consider running if he could participate in all debates and run as an Independent. Jesse “The Body” Ventura might one day be known as Jesse “The President” Ventura.
8 George Clooney
George Clooney could make a good president (but he would certainly be the most handsome president). George Clooney had his big breakthrough as Dr. Doug Ross on the critically acclaimed medical drama E.R. He has also appeared in several films such as Out Of Sight, Ocean’s 11 and Ides of March. He is also very well known for his humanitarian and activist work. Since 2008, he’s served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace. He’s an advocate to find a resolution for the Darfur conflict in the Sudan. In 2012, he was arrested for civil disobedience outside the Sudanese Government. It was his plan to get arrested for the protest. He helped raise funds for victims of 9/11, the 2004 Tsunami and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Time Magazine included him in the Time 100 as one of the most influential people.
7 Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres would not only be the funniest, smartest and nicest President, she would also be the happiest. She first made a name for herself as a stand up comedian. She starred in her own very successful sitcom Ellen, which aired from 1994-1998. During her sitcom, Ellen came out as gay and the character she played also came out. She was the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character. Her career stalled a bit during this time and she stated that it led to depression. Her career bounced back and she currently hosts her own tremendously popular talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show which first debuted in 2003. She has won 13 Emmy Awards. She also fights for animal rights and is a vegan. In 2011, Hilary Clinton named her Special Envoy for Global Aids Awareness. In 2014, Forbes named her one of the most powerful women in the world.
6 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger has done it all; he had a very successful career as a bodybuilder. He transitioned into acting and appeared in a number of action blockbusters such as, The Terminator series, Total Recall and Predator. He then moved onto a career in politics. He served two terms as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, as a Republican. Rumblings and rumors have run rampant for years concerning the Terminator possibly running for President of the United States. However, there is an obstacle he must overcome first. Currently, the law in the U.S states that in order to run for president the individual must be born in the U.S. Although Arnold is a U.S citizen since 1983, he would be unable to run. However, there are attempts being made to make that change to the U.S Constitution. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been The Terminator and The Governator; maybe it’s time for him to be the Presidentator.
5 Tina Fey
It might seem like a joke but the hilarious Tina Fey could possibly make a great President. She had her big breakthrough as a cast member/writer of the hit sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. She would go on to become the first female head writer on SNL. She received universal praise for her time as co-anchor on the SNL sketch, Weekend Update. After leaving SNL, she created and starred in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. She co-created the Netflix Series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She’s also starred in films such as Means Girls, Baby Mama and Date Night. She received critical acclaim for her impression of 2008 Vice-President candidate Sarah Palin. She won the AP Entertainer of The Year for her impression. She has appeared on Forbes 100 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. She is heavily involved with charities involving autism. She supports Mercy Corps and their bid to end world hunger. Not only would she make a great leader, but she’d also be a very entertaining president.
4 Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert is best known as the host of the Comedy Central Series The Colbert Report, which aired from 2005 to 2014. The series was a parody of personality driven political shows such as The O’Reilly Factor. Colbert plays a character he created that is a parody of conservative political pundits. He has won nine Emmy Awards. Stephen Colbert had his big breakthrough on The Daily Show where he first created the character. In 2008, he first announced his intention to run for President. His bid to run was rejected by the South Carolina Democratic Party executive council because they felt he wasn’t a serious candidate. He made a second attempt in 2012. He made the announcement to run in character and many wondered if it was legit. He maintained that he was serious to run. Time Magazine named him one of the most influential people. However, he has received an honor that is much greater then being President of the United States; He will be the new host of The Late Show on CBS taking over for David Letterman.
3 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is an actress, humanitarian and sex symbol. She is best known for her roles in films like Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. She is well known for her humanitarian work and travels all over the world. She is the Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has done extensive work helping refuges. She travelled to war zones, such as the Syria-Iraqi border during the Second Gulf War and Sudan during the Darfur Conflict. She has met with troops, refugees and displaced people. She is also heavily involved with children immigration, education and women’s rights. Time named her one the most influential people. In late 2014, she discussed the possibility of her running for president but feels she might not be taken seriously. She might be right as the tabloids headlines would probably focus on Brad Pitt being one hell of a First Lady. Regardless, she might make a great President.
2 Jon Stewart
Some may consider George W. Bush the funniest President of all time. However, apparently he wasn’t being funny on purpose. If Jon Stewart ran he would probably be the funniest President. Jon Stewart is a comedian and TV host best known for his time hosting The Daily Show. The Daily Show is a satirical news program that deals with news of the day and pokes fun at the media. The show is critically acclaimed and has won 18 Emmy Awards. The series also won two Peabody Awards for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. He’s been highly critical of MSNBC and FOX News. In 2005, he was on the Time 100 Most Influential People. He clearly knows what he’s talking about and has the support of the people (not just pot smokers watching his show at midnight). It’s been noted that much of the younger generation gets their news information from him. Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show in 2015, maybe one day he'll consider running.
1 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is widely regarded as the most powerful and influential woman in the world. She is best known for her time as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, from 1986 to 2011. She publishes her own magazine known as O, The Oprah Magazine and launched the TV channel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She also appeared in the Steven Spielberg Film The Color Purple. She is one of the most respected and beloved celebrities of all time. She came from poverty and climbed her way to becoming one of the richest people in the world. CNN named her the Most Powerful Woman and Time named her one of the Most Influential People. Life Magazine named her the Most Influential Woman and Black Person. She is credited with bringing in a large amount of votes for President Obama for his two campaigns. Obama was the first presidential candidate that she endorsed. It’s estimated that she was responsible for bringing in nearly one million votes. If she could do that for someone else, just imagine what kind of support she would have if she ran for President. Also, imagine the gifts she’d give out at her inauguration speech.
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