Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted for the first time that he was exploring options for a presidential run in an interview published Thursday by Vogue.
“The thought I had was coming from the patriot in me, growing up at a time when we respected our politicians not only for what they stood for but because of what they accomplished,” Iger explained. “I am horrified at the state of politics in America today, and I will throw stones in multiple directions.
“Dialogue has given way to disdain,” he added. “I, maybe a bit naively, believed that there was a need for someone in high elected office to be more open-minded and willing to not only govern from the middle but to try to shame everyone else into going to the middle.”
Iger said at first when he talked to his wife about it she was completely against it and “put her foot down.” But she later gave him her blessing to at least explore his options for a possible run for the White House.
Oprah Winfrey, who has also been urged by the left to run in 2020, gave her support to her friend to run.
“Bob is one of the people I respect most in the world,” Winfrey shared. “That’s a very short list. He is infinitely capable of multiple categories of expertise, and he has created an environment where you can disagree with him–and that’s not just because I’m Oprah. I really, really pushed him to run for president, so much so that I said to him, ‘Gee, if you ever decide to run for office, I will go door to door carrying leaflets. I will go sit and have tea with people.'”
However, those presidential plans became less likely after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox in December, keeping him at the helm of the company until 2021.
Iger has not been shy about speaking out against President Donald Trump, leaving his Advisory council in June over the Paris Climate accord and blasting the president’s plans to rescind DACA.