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Matthew McConaughey for President?

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Cometh the hour, cometh the Matt. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey stood at the White House press lectern and spoke about the Uvalde shootings. It was such a convincing performance that it was easily possible to imagine him there on a more regular basis.

The White House

In just 21 minutes, McConaughey managed what no American politician has achieved in decades: a genuinely bipartisan appeal to the American people to get serious about gun control and change the law. The contrast between the actor’s fluency and President Biden’s doddery exhortations on the subject was, well, dramatic.

McConaughey who has never declared a Republican or Democratic allegiance, could speak without the whiff of partisan politics. Nobody watching could argue that this was some shrill liberal come to steal their guns. This was the anti-Charlton Heston. It would be fabulously good news if, this time, America finally made real change.

To give you more of an insight into McConaughey, here are some quotations:

Exercise: “My rule is to break one sweat a day.”

Food: “The man who invented the hamburger was smart; the man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.”

Language: “Unbelievable is the stupidest word in the dictionary. Should never come out of our mouths. Think about it.”

Science: “God has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

Evolution: “I don’t want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover.”

Entitlement: “Life is not fair, it never was and it is now and it won’t ever be. Do not fall into the trap. The entitlement trap, of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not.”

Dorks: “I don’t mind a--holes. It’s the dork I don’t trust. The dork is the one who’s trying to be whatever he thinks you want him to be. I trust the a--hole cause you know where he’s gonna stand.”

Skills: “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.”

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