In his first few months in office, President Trump has exhibited many of the traits that are the hallmarks of successful chief executives. Among them:
- Firing people who don’t agree with him.
- Playing lots of golf.
- Recognizing that, no matter how much money and power you have, family is still the most important thing, so you should provide them all with high-level jobs in your organization.
- Planning ahead.
It’s the last of those I want to talk about today. As a leader, whether it’s of a company or a country, you have to look beyond the current fiscal quarter or, in the latter case, the next bombshell scandal. You have to stay three or four tweets ahead of the competition so that you’re well-positioned to take advantage of a rapidly evolving marketplace or, in the latter case, some leaked emails or an intelligence report that a missile has misfired in Kim Jong-un’s bedroom.
President Trump has displayed that leadership skill in spades. And also in TV commercials. Those ads triumphantly tout his accomplishments as President so that you’ll vote for him in 2020. Because if you like what he’s done so far, really, nothing can go wrong between now and the next election. (At left is a still from the commercial, depicting the President apparently directing the wrath of God down upon James Comey.)
Trump actually declared his candidacy for reelection the day of his inauguration, immediately after he finished counting the number of people who attended it. But he’s not the only one with an eye to the future. Because 128 other people have signed up to run against him.
To be fair, as was clearly demonstrated in the last campaign, you don’t need much to run for President. All that is required, evidently, is $5,000 and the patience necessary to do a lot of paperwork. According to the Federal Election Commission:
“If you are running for the U.S. House, Senate or the Presidency, you must register with the FEC once you…receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $5,000…you must file a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2 [PDF]; Instructions [PDF]) authorizing a principal campaign committee to raise and spend funds on your behalf….your principal campaign committee must submit a Statement of Organization (FEC Form 1 [PDF]; Instructions [PDF])…”
I couldn’t find any reference online to who our 2020 candidates are (other than Trump), but, presumably, none of the other 128 is among those mentioned frequently as potential challengers. I speak, of course, of the likes of Al Franken or Mark Zuckerberg who, according to NPR, was recently photographed
“…on a tractor, feeding baby cows, eating cheese curds, holding kittens, talking to cops, firemen and military leaders. He even ditched the hoodie for a suit in a black church.”
That sure sounds like Zuck is running for something and, after all, he’d have total control of all the fake news published on Facebook. I like Al Franken, kind of, but I don’t think anyone associated with an NBC TV show will ever be elected President again.
Lately, the one name that keeps coming up as a potential candidate is the actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson. Now, it’s entirely possible that it is some sort of publicity stunt for his new movie, Baywatch. On the other hand, when asked if he might run, Johnson replied, “I think that’s a real possibility.”
If he did, it would mark the first time since Michael Dukakis that a presidential candidate was People Magazine’s sexiest man alive. But, if he won, would he be “President Rock” or “President the Rock?” And could he challenge Vladimir Putin at Wrestlemania?
See you soon.
BREAKING NEWS: Dwayne Johnson officially “announced” his candidacy on SNL Saturday night, with Tom Hanks as his running mate. I’m pretty sure they were joking, but I’m also pretty sure that a Rock/Hanks ticket would win in 2020. Unless their opponents leak this photo from Hanks’ sordid past.