Why Does Everyone Want Tom Hanks to Run for President?

In a country where just about anyone can throw their hat into a presidential election, one can’t help but imagine which celebrity has what it takes. Since the current president has taken office, there have been several A-listers that have hinted interest in the Oval Office. A couple have gone far enough to say, publicly, that they will run against Donald Trump in 2020

That’s why it doesn’t surprise us that Ranker asked. “Which celebrity would you vote for if they ran for President of the United States?” What did surprise us was the celebrity people chose.

So, which celebrity does America want to see on the ballot in 2020? Tom Hanks, of course. With all the talk and rumors of a possible bid from Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West, and Ellen DeGeneres, we were shocked to see them lower on the list. So, why would the US elect a celebrity and why does everyone want Tom Hanks to be President?

These celebrities are rumored to want to run in 2020

You might be wondering why these celebs would even consider the gig of Commander and Chief. Here is a quick rundown on the celebrities that might consider running for president

Oprah Winfrey has been dodging rumors of a possible run since her speech at the Golden Globes when she said, “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” reports The Washington Post. This was also when Tom Hanks was first publicly mentioned as a possible candidate or running mate for Winfrey.

Kanye West has also shown some interest in being president. During a speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, West ended with, “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” Reported by Business Insider. Several interviews later, and West seems to still want the job. 

Other notable mentions go to Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Dwayne Johnson, Will Smith, and the always funny, Alex Baldwin. 

This is why everyone wants Tom Hanks to run for president

So, of all these beloved celebrities, why does everyone want Tom Hanks to be president? Well, to start it might have something to do with his kindness and relatability. Sure, he is a household name, a member of the 5-timers club on SNL, and an Oscar winner, but he is also very approachable. 

Hanks isn’t just a celebrity; he is a household name. We feel like we know him because he has been making us laugh, cry, and think for decades. And, not once have we heard anything negative about him.

He seems to be a real stand up guy. In fact, he was also voted the greatest male celebrity role model, according to Ranker as well. Hanks has been married to Rita Wilson for 30 years, showing that he is committed and he values family.

What makes Tom Hanks qualified for the presidency? 

Okay, so what makes Tom Hanks qualified to be president? Hanks only needs to meet three constitutional requirements to run. He must be a natural born citizen. Check! He needs to be 35 years old or older. Check! He needs to have lived in the United States for at least 14 years. Check!

“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.” As written in the US Constitution.

Also, fun fact, Hanks is related to former president Abraham Lincoln. Biography reports that he is the fourth cousin, four times removed to the president that freed the slaves. So, maybe public service is in his blood. 

One a final note about qualifications. Our current president was also seemingly unqualified for the position. Sure, he had the money to back up his run, but he never held public office before winning. He was a former reality show personality. Tom Hanks, is well loved and people trust him. That’s why the people want to see his name on the 2020 ballot.