There’s a sense among some business and tech leaders now that if real estate developer and Apprentice TV star Donald Trump can become president, anyone has a shot at this nation’s higher office.
“I wonder if people take from this (election) that if billionaire presidents can run , so can I,” said Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for Obama. But that isn’t the case, he said.
“It’s about personality, not resume,” he said. Favreau said Trump’s election showed that connecting with voters, and speaking plainly are more important than having the perfect political resume.
Specifically addressing a question posed by Swisher about whether Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg should run for president, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett said Zuckerberg “has a great story to tell,” but joked that he speaks too formally, like “a senator in his fourth term.”
Favreau said the way Facebook and Zuckerberg communicate are too cautious and calculated for today’s political climate.
“I’m very big on politicians who speak like normal human beings,” he said.
Tommy Vietor, who used to be Obama’s national security spokesman, added that he didn’t like the impulse to turn to tech to solve our problems.
“There’s this sense that you can apply tech to any problem and that’s how you solve it,” he said. “If I hear someone say ‘We are going to hack the refugee problem,’ I’m going to lose my mind.”
In the aftermath of the election, Vietor, Favreau and Lovett said they are starting a left-leaning media company called Crooked Media. Right now, it mostly functions as a podcast.
They insist they aren’t raising any money for the venture, won’t pay themselves, and will focus on creating a progressive media company that analyzed politics and inspires activism.
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