When it was announced that Bob Iger would be stepping down from his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, it was rumored that he would run for President of the United States. Now, of course, we know Iger did not run in the 2020 election. But the Disney Chairman now says that he had been seriously considering it.
In the interview — later shared by Yahoo! Finance — Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger shared some insight into his rumored presidential campaign and why he ultimately decided not to run for a seat in the White House.
“Crazy idea, right?” the Chairman said.
Here’s what he went on to share:
“Well, there was some truth to that. Both before the ’16 election and after the ’16 election, I gave it some serious thought. Actually, post the election of Donald Trump, I gave it a lot of thought and actually did a fair amount of homework to study the feasibility of it. But I’m not sure I would have gotten as far as actually running, because, as the realist in me was sinking in, I was starting to think more and more about how difficult the path might be in the Democratic party for a businessman to actually get the nomination.”
Of the “realist” in him, Iger said, “You don’t consider running for president without being a true idealist…It takes a lot of idealism to generate the emotional energy and probably the physical energy, too, to do something like that, to even think that it’s possible. But at some point, realism sets in as well, and must set in.”
But politics aren’t fully off the table for the current Disney Company Chairman. Recently, Iger also stated that he would consider a role in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Bloomberg notes that he was a “sizeable contributor” to Biden’s campaign. The President-elect already has named a number of cabinet picks — and the former Disney CEO is not one of them — but given Iger’s interest in politics and past governmental advisory positions, it may be possible in the future.
“Giving back in some fashion — serving our country in some fashion — is certainly something that I would consider seriously,” Iger, 69, said in an interview on Bloomberg TV with the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein. “But a lot of it would depend on what it is, what the opportunity is, and whether I thought it would be something that I would both be stimulated by and be good at.”
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