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People are loving The Rock's subtle ripping of Trump on Jimmy Fallon

And it looks like he could run for the White House.

A LONG-READ GQ feature last week on Dwayne Johnson – aka The Rock – has been talked about around the world since it was published.

Why? Because The Rock was asked whether he might one day run for President of the United States – and he said he would.

And when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, it was obviously going to be brought up immediately

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

And he doubled down on it – saying that three and a half years is a long time and that he would consider a bid given the incredible groundswell of support that’s blown up.

But the best part of the interview was probably when he assessed the current President’s job so far:

A real national poll that brought together Republicans and Democrats in saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today…to become President. And I’ve been really been blown away. And it’s so flattering.

“And you ask the question why. I think it’s because, you know, a lot of people want to see a different leadership today – I’m sorry, not different, but better leadership today, right? A better leadership.”

therock2 Source: Tonight Show

And then delivered the killer line:

“I think more poise, less noise”

therock3 Source: Tonight Show

He hasn’t lost his old school WWF ability to land a burn.

It seems like he’s just trying to deal with the sheer amount of support that’s come his way – and to get to the bottom of why it’s happened:

And I also think that over the years I’ve become a guy that a lot of people kind of relate to: get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour, go to work and spend time with the troops, take care of my family. I love taking care of people. And I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today…

“I’m very flattered by it. Three and a half years is a long ways away. So we’ll see.”

therock4 Source: Tonight show

So now… would we have to call him President Rock? President Johnson sounds more distinguished, in fairness.

His potential bid hasn’t gone down well with everyone though, as Time Magazine slated the idea yesterday:

He’s a celebrity with no history of serving in elected office, a huge social media following and a project to promote. After musing that he might run for president, he’s gotten profiles in both the entertainment and political press and a softball interview from Jimmy Fallon. This weekend, he’ll be on “Saturday Night Live.”
And it shows that the media has learned nothing from how it handled the real estate mogul’s past flirtations with politics.

Fair point.

But for those watching at home, the “more poise, less noise” line sounded like a campaign slogan they could get behind    

poise Source: @abbichambers98

And the actual polls this week show he has some proper support out there

Here we go, indeed.

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