One of America’s most famous rich guys and the longtime star of reality television Donald Trump announced that he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. That means the NBC will likely not need to seek a new star for the next edition of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Trump said he believed he could and would win both the Republican primary and the general election, but not with divided attention, and his passion for his business interests would in fact force his attention to be divided.
Perhaps Trump’s decision was influenced by the results of a recent RBR-TVBR poll.
ABC News posted the following statement:
“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
“I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run.
“My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.
“I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.
“Thank you and God Bless America!
“Donald J. Trump”
RBR-TVBR observation: We realize that there are people out there who were looking forward to a chance to vote for Trump. But we also realize that he was a very popular target at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. So while NBC executives may be pleased that Trump is not running, we can think of a few people at NBC who aren’t quite so happy.
There would be Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and the entire cast of Saturday Night Live. David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and many other comedians are probably moaning and groaning about this decision as well.
But not to worry – America’s politicians provide an endless supply of lampoonable material on a daily basis. We are certain that the supply chain from Washington and the campaign trail directly to the comedy industry will remain full to capacity.