Appearing on The Tonight Show Thursday, Dwayne Johnson — formerly known as The Rock — addressed rumors that he's eyeing a 2020 run for the presidency. Before you laugh, remember Donald Trump.
Johnson's exchange with host Jimmy Fallon was as follows (pertinent portion begins at the 3:25 mark):
FALLON: "There's an issue the reporter brings up, and this is the possibility of you running for president [Johnson chuckles]. People took that story, and ran. It is bigger than any story."
JOHNSON: "It's still running."
FALLON: "Why are people making such a connection, or such a big deal about this?"
JOHNSON: "This story, this profile, came out ... Caity Weaver is a really brilliant writer, and the story has blown up because it was so wonderfully written — just very very witty. She's amazing. But in it, as we were talking, she goes: 'Would you ever consider running for president?' And I said: 'Yeah, of course, I would consider it.' And how — this surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing. And I've got to tell you, and I'll tell you guys, too [gestures to audience], I'm so incredibly flattered.
There's a national poll that just came out this week —"
FALLON: "Like real news channels."
JOHNSON: "Like real news channels, real national poll that brought together Republicans and Democrats, and saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today [audience cheers].
JOHNSON: "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...
Three and a half years is a long way away, so we'll see."
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Or do you think one inexperienced celebrity president is enough?