Throughout the years, the country has seen several celebrities leave their careers in the entertainment industry to purse careers in politics. Jesse Ventura went from being a wrestler to retiring and becoming a mayor of a small Minnesota town before eventually becoming Minnesota’s governor from 1999-2003. Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor of California from 2003-2011 after years of being a world champion body builder and starring in action movies.
With the 2012 presidential race in the preliminary stages, businessman/media personality Donald Trump has expressed some interest in running for president.
For those unfamiliar with Trump, he is a businessman who is both famous for real estate development in addition to being the host and executive producer for the NBC show, “The Apprentice” and its spin-off, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
To generate buzz of his potential candidacy, Trump has stayed away from current issues on the minds of Americans, which range from rising gas prices to America’s presence in Libya. Instead, the issue he is using to generate buzz for a possible candidacy is the issue of whether or not president Barack Obama was born in the United States. The issue has been one that those against Obama have tried to use as a way to prove his is ineligible to be president, a move which would surely lead to an impeachment trial.
Despite being an issue that many established politicians would avoid, the move hasn’t hurt Trump, who has even admitted he has sent investigators to Hawaii to look for a birth certificate. In a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump is tied with Mike Huckabee for 2nd in a poll of potential Republican candidates for president.
Giving himself a deadline of June to decide whether or not to run, it will be interesting to see what Trump does. Despite being a media personality, he is a billionaire who runs a business empire. However, it remains to be seen if the American public can look past the TV personality with the weird comb over with the catchphrase, “you’re fired.” Either way, it is sure to make for great entertainment.