Let’s face it: we have not exactly won the celebrity lottery when it comes to Donald Trump. Arguably, while playing the role of the Donald on “The Apprentice” may have made him look, for a few brief scenes, like he was decisive, there was really never anything there to suggest he was presidential. So now we are all upset with him that he’s lost a fortune in his business dealings, he’s a liar, a misogynist, and a buffoon. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Let’s not forget that Mr. Trump only had experience in a single reality series. That does not mean that we should abandon the approach of searching for celebrity figures who might play well in the White House.
As I have thought this over, I’ve come to the conclusion that while Mr. Trump has disappointed us as a celebrity running for President of the United States, our issue is more that we picked a celebrity with little experience rather than it was about celebrity status itself. What would happen if we picked a celebrity with much more experience that, in fact, proved to the American public, that he had the qualification on film—and, therefore, ipso facto, in reality (whatever that is)—for the Oval Office.
That is why I am proposing that we quickly dump Donald Trump and put Harrison Ford up as our Celebrity Party Nominee for President.
1. Harrison Ford has already demonstrated that he can be President in Air Force One (1997) where he not only has shown his cool sangfroid under fire but his ability to deal forcefully and directly with terrorists.
2. Harrison Ford has shown a great depth of understanding for Middle Eastern relations in both Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade (1989). Both films would also clearly cement his solidarity and support of the Jewish state of Israel while also showing a keen sensitivity for the proud history and heritage of the Middle Eastern Arab nations.
3. He has also illustrated his interest and involvement in the struggles of indigenous peoples in Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark (1981) and the struggles of the Third World and its issues with the exploitation of child labor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).
4. He has already proven himself to be a champion of higher educational opportunity; see his repeated appearances as Professor Henry “Indiana” Jones. He has a clear track record of supporting collaborative research and academic achievement. Also in Ender’s Game (2013), he showed his dedication to accelerated learning programs for the young and gifted.
5. In The Conversation (1974), Firewall (2006) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), Ford has a proven insight and adeptness for the subtleties and nuances of the world of intelligence and cybersecurity.
6. Harrison has also demonstrated a unique bond with rural communities, showing a kinship for the ranching community in Cowboys and Aliens (2011) and Witness (1985), where he highlighted his ability to reach out to the Amish community.
7. Clearly, credentials in foreign policy and diplomacy are required for the highest office in the land, but have we not seen Harrison’s abilities in this arena demonstrated repeatedly in both Patriot Games (1992) and K-19 the Widowmaker (2002)? In the latter, I think any voter cannot help but be impressed by his command of nuclear strategy and his command of the Russian language. Do you think Putin stands a chance when Harrison Ford is already in command of Russian’s nuclear forces?
8. Ford has shown himself to be a forceful and enduring advocate of space exploration in the Star Wars movies; namely, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), and The Force Awakens (2015). In the latter, his willingness to make sacrifices for his children cannot help but move those who feel that family values are being eroded in today’s society.
I believe that his commitment to the development of natural resources is more than adequately outlined in The Mosquito Coast (1986).
9. Finally, Harrison’s record for law and order is obvious in both Blade Runner (1982) and Hollywood Homicide (2003).
No, I believe it would be a mistake to abandon our strategy of seeking celebrities to occupy the White House. I believe that Donald Trump has demonstrated the feasibility of such a political strategy. I think in Mr. Trump’s case, we backed the wrong celebrity. Trump is still an apprentice in that regard. But imagine a debate where Hilary Clinton would have to make a cogent argument with Indiana Jones or Han Solo on stage. Who’s the celebrity apprentice now, baby?