Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson met up with several top congressional senators on Capitol Hill this Wednesday to talk about military recruitment.
Democrat Sen. Jon Tester, who reportedly arranged the meet-up, said Johnson is “going to advocate for people to join the military over a period of time,” according to D.C. station WRC.
Also in attendance was Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in addition to Sens. Dick Durbin, Mark Kelly, Susan Collins, Todd Young, Lindsey Graham, and Tammy Duckworth.
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) November 15, 2023
“I’m really pleased that he’s helping with military recruitment. I think he is a powerful influencer,” Collins reportedly said, adding that she “got as many pictures with him as I possibly could.”
The meeting came following a recent Associated Press report revealing that the Army’s recruitment goals fell short in the most recent fiscal year.
“Last year, the Army fell 15,000 short of its enlistment goal of 60,000 while competing with higher-paying companies in a tight job market and trying to overcome two years of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down access to schools and public events,” the AP reported on Oct. 3rd.
“In the fiscal year that ended Saturday, the Army brought in a bit more than 50,000 recruits, falling short of the publicly stated ‘stretch goal’ of 65,000,” the AP added.
While at the Capitol, Johnson also met with the U.S. Capitol Police:
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 15, 2023
During another point in his Capitol visit, Johnson was asked whether he’s running for president, but he ignored the question.
The Rock and Chuck Schumer
“Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?” someone shouted.
“Are you running for president?” another reporter said. pic.twitter.com/cPeRe9jZDo
— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) November 15, 2023
The question was asked about a week after, an appearance on comedian Trevor Noah’s “What Now?” podcast, Johnson revealed that he’d been pressured last year to run for president.
“At the end of the year … in 2022, I got a visit from the parties, asking me if I was going to run and if I could run. It was a big deal. And it came out of the blue. And it was one after the other,” he said.
CNN confirms Dems approached Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for a possible presidential run. In 2022, both parties approached him. Former Rep. Joe Walsh shares insights with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on ‘The Rock’s’ chances. #CNN #DwayneJohnson #TheRock2024 #TrevorNoah pic.twitter.com/tTALH42Tii
— Iris (@Iris_i_Life) November 11, 2023
Then a couple of days later on “The Tonight Show,” Johnson told host Jimmy Fallon that he’s been facing this sort of pressure for years.
“This run-for-president talk has kind of been in the ether for the past couple of years, and it never stops being surreal,” he said.
The pressure continues to this day. In fact, on the same day as Johnson’s visit to the Capitol, The Washington Post deputy opinion editor and columnist David Von Drehle published a column seriously claiming only Johnson can beat former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.
“What I do know is that Johnson is a boss who asks at business meetings, ‘How do we deliver joy?’ Who says, ‘It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’ A man who says he can’t run for president this year because he wants to be a good father — a sentiment I admire even as I wish he would reconsider,” the stunning piece reads.
“American politics is sleepwalking toward disaster. Dwayne Johnson is the man to wake us up,” it continues.
Hilariously enough, the column was ratioed on X by the Post’s deliriously pro-Biden zealots.
This is utter nonsense. You know what can save our politics? Better political reporting.
— _ (@SundaeDivine) November 16, 2023
Sorry, I love the Rock, but he has no backbone. He’s easily swayed, and he does not core values for which he can stand on.
— Julio Murillo (@JEM_el_tarasco) November 15, 2023
Yeah I’m good with Biden.
The LAST thing we need is more people with absolutely zero experience in government, especially in the White House.
Biden has more experience than everyone else who’s running combined.
— trevor dorn (@trevordorn) November 15, 2023
No! Dwayne seems to be a nice guy.
We need experienced politicians to lead our nation. Serving as president is not an entry-level job. It was a disaster with Trump. It wasn’t great w/Reagan (who had been CA Gov.!)
We deserve smart leaders who know what they’re doing on Day #1.
— Fan of Democracy / Stop Seditionists Now (@Sonya007) November 15, 2023
Why stop at The Rock? Taylor Swift seems to be the most popular U.S. celebrity at this point. Let her lead us out of the doom. And Travis Kelce could be First Dude. pic.twitter.com/6DFD6oD9Hs
— Mark Peavy (@mdpeavy) November 15, 2023
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