Could the U.S. be entering a new era of private-sector presidents?
Following news that famed TV host Oprah Winfrey is rethinking her chances of becoming president, should she run in the future, reports have surfaced that Disney's chief executive, Bob Iger, has told some of his Tinseltown friends he is considering launching a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In June, Iger told The Reporter, "A lot of people — a lot — have urged me to seek political office." At the time, the Disney chief denied interest in running for U.S. Senate or for governor of California, though he offered no comment about the White House.
According to anonymous sources who spoke to The Reporter, Iger has consulted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a successful businessman who reportedly toyed with the idea of running for president in 2016, about transitioning from the private sector to the public eye.
Iger appears to have many friends in high places within the Democratic Party. Former Vice President Al Gore told The Reporter in January that he considers Iger, a fellow Apple board member, one of his closest friends in Hollywood.
And it doesn't appear the Disney executive is the only one entertaining a political future. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who endorsed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and often criticized then-candidate Donald Trump, seems to be hinting at a potential White House campaign.
During a celebrity NBA All-Star game last month in New Orleans, Cuban was seen wearing a jersey emblazoned with No. 46 (President Donald Trump is the 45th commander in chief). When asked if the number meant anything, Cuban, according to CNN's John King, said, "No, no, no."
Other traditional names being floated for the 2020 Democratic nomination include Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Cory Booker (N.J.), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to The Hill.
But regardless of who gets the nod in 2020, Hollywood is likely to come out en masse to support the Democratic nominee.
"I expect Hollywood to rally around the candidate in a way that far eclipses 2016 given the industry’s distaste for Trump’s presidency," Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder of the Gotham Group, an agency representing Hollywood elites, told The Reporter.