Perhaps George Clooney’s, 53 , recent engagement to lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, is an indicator of something greater than the end to his longtime playboy ways. Evidently, Clooney wants to become involved with politics shortly after the two wed, which is planned to occur this upcoming Sept. Due to his plans to enter the political realm, many are speculating whether Clooney will end up running for president.
Clooney’s engagement to Amal, who is an internationally renown lawyer for human rights, demonstrates his gravitation towards more traditional values. Additionally, her career establishes her as an ideal candidate for the role of the first lady.
Even though he is one of the more politically vocal celebrities, Clooney previously claimed that he has no interest in running for presidency per se. He has expressed to NBC that he believes his impact would be more significant as an activist, “I can actually have an opinion and it may not fit what the U.N. wants and it may not fit what other people want.”
Nevertheless, a source recently told the Daily Mirror that “He wants to do more humanitarian work and hopes to join the Democrats’ 2016 election campaign.” Adding that, “Now he has Amal by his side it will give him more credibility to run for office.” Still, keep in mind that there is a significant distinction between running for political office and campaigning for presidency.
Clooney talked about the prospect of holding the presidency back in 2011, “As for running for president, look, there’s a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anyone you know, who’s nicer and who has more compassion than almost anyone you know. And he’s having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anybody volunteer for that job? I have a really good job. I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest.”
Clooney’s admiration for and friendship with Obama has been accumulating for years. In 2012 Clooney held a famous fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election.
Among his qualifications, Clooney has also served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since 2008. In addition, he has been heavily involved in providing aid in Darfur and remained an ardent activist for the Satellite Sentinel project. In 2012 Clooney was arrested for participating in a protest against Sudan’s government in Washington D.C. These radical actions contrast with the politically moderate stance that Clooney expresses when discussing social and economic issues. Such a stance would be ideal for pursuing the presidency.
As an Oscar winning actor and successful director, it appears that Clooney will certainly begin transitioning his field of work. Probably not too quickly though. Currently, the most probable scenario seems to be that Clooney will run for a lower office and support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. At this point, we can only wait patiently to see what is to come.