Dwayne Johnson Doesn’t Think He’d Make a Good Politician

by Suzanne Halliburton

In declaring himself a not very good politician, Dwayne Johnson came up with a terrific-sounding campaign sound bite.

The Rock sat down with CNN and reflected on the past 12 months. With two days to go in 2021, a ton of folks around the world are doing the same. This year, like 2020, has been tumultuous for everyone.

But Dwayne Johnson’s reflections are of a different kind. His name was tossed about as a potential presidential candidate for 2024. Presidential politics grows more toxic every four years, so anyone thinking about running needs a stiff spine. Or maybe some bulging biceps.

Johnson saw a poll in April that suggested 46 percent of Americans would support his presidential bid. He amplified the poll findings using his Instagram account.

“I don’t think our Founding Fathers EVER envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club,” Dwayne Johnson wrote. “But if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve you, the people.”

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Maybe It’s the Tequila. But Dwayne Johnson Says He Has Zero Political DNA

Eight months later, and the Rock still is talking about politics, with a splash of his Teremana tequila.

“Well, I think that poll of almost half of Americans being in favor of me running for president is so humbling,” Dwayne Johnson told CNN in an interview this week. “It sits me down and I don’t know any other way to describe it. To have a little ability to potentially galvanize our country is humbling, very humbling.

“Might be the Teremana talking here but I still don’t know a damn thing about being a politician. I don’t know if I have that politician gene in my DNA.”

And then Dwayne Johnson got down right inspiring.

“Leader? Yes,” he told CNN. “Patriot? All day long. Politician? No. I feel the best position I can be in right now is to be a trusted, nonjudgmental place for people; regardless of what side of the street you live on, what color you are, what you do for a living, how you choose to live your life, what your bank account says, whether you drive a car or take the bus. I don’t care.”

“None of that matters to me,” he said. “Just work hard, take care of your family, be good to people, be kind to people, be straight up, honor your word and always [have] some fun along the way. And don’t be an a**hole. Like I said, I don’t think I’d make a good politician.”

Outsiders, what do you think? Is Dwayne Johnson electable running on a “be kind … don’t be an a**hole” platform?”

In the meantime, he always has his day job as an action superstar and tequila entrepreneur.