Try to suspend belief here and imagine that a celebrity, with zero governing experience, could become president. Oh, wait. All things are possible now, it seems. Here is a list of a few stars who have either discussed a possible run for office or for whom the drumbeat has already started to sound to get them to throw their hat into the presidential political ring.
1. Tom Hanks
Michael Moore suggested to CNN’s Jake Tapper that Hanks would be a Democratic candidate who so many could back in 2020. “Why don’t we run beloved people? We have so many of them,” Moore said. “The Republicans do this. They run Ronald Reagan and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and other people.” And in a recent speech, Hanks sounded downright statesman like. “We are going to be alright, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are,” Hanks said. “We do have the greatest country in the world.”
2. Oprah Winfrey
Moore also mentioned Oprah Winfrey, who has been a strident supporter of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. There are few celebrities who have had as much influence over our nation as Oprah. From her book club to her favorite things list, when Oprah speaks, people listen. Sure, she recently told Jimmy Kimmel that she “would never run for office,” but there are still a few years for her to change her mind.
3. Kanye West
The rapper announced his intention to run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. “It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” he said. “And as you probably have guessed by now, I have decided to run for president in 2020.”
4. Stephen Colbert
Colbert already ran for office, remember? Longtime viewers of Colbert’s late night shows know he’s got his finger on the pulse of politics in the country. He has even testified on Capitol Hill. It’s time we voted someone into office who can make us laugh – intentionally.
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2016 is now saying “there’s a good chance” that he could run at some point. Especially because people keep asking. “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.”
6. Tim McGraw
The country music superstar is beloved – and a Democrat – which might help the party pick up some votes in the South. And who wouldn’t want Faith Hill as First Lady? Back in 2006, McGraw told Esquire magazine he was seriously considering entering politics in “maybe 10 or 15 years.”
About the Author
Lisa Respers is an entertainment writer for CNN.