Last month, Scott Adams blogged/opined that he thought that Bill Gate should run for president. Such a casual mention of the topic seemed not worth a comment, but apparently the topic has been picked up in other regions of the blogosphere.
Here is the pertinent post regarding his support for a Gates candidacy.
I think that in an election cycle or two you will see an atheist business leader emerge as a legitimate candidate for president. And his name will be Bill Gates.
By then, Bill Gates will have done so much good for the world through his charitable works that combined with his business success heâ??ll appear more qualified than any other candidate. His early bachelor life and some of his business practices will come back to haunt him if he runs, but he can still win with this simple slogan: â??Who would you rather have on your side?â? Heâ??ll confess to all of his past imperfections and say that presidents are poor choices for role models. Heâ??ll advise you to look to your parents for role models while you let him run the country.
I doubt Bill Gates is considering a run for president right now, largely because itâ??s so hard to make a difference from that job. His charities will have more impact. But I think heâ??ll someday realize that the world needs a rational thinker in the top spot and no one else can win.
At least youâ??d know he wouldnâ??t be in it for the money or to speed up the Rapture. He has my vote.
He’s followed up that post with another extended explanation of why Gates would be a welcomed leader of the free world.
Forget about whatever Bill Gates did in the past that made you curl up with your free copy of Linux and cry. In his first week in office heâ??d probably link Microsoft Virtual Earth to the governmentâ??s spy satellites so you can look for Osama yourself. Iâ??ve always felt that terrorism is a technology problem disguised as a political problem. Bill Gates can fix that.
For my president I want a mixture of Mother Teresa, Carl Sagan, Warren Buffet, and Darth Vader. Bill has all of their good stuff. His foundation will save more lives than Mother Teresa ever did. Heâ??s got the Carl Sagan intelligence and rational mind. Heâ??s a hugely successful businessman. And I have every reason to believe he can choke people just by concentrating in their general direction. You canâ??t tell me that wouldnâ??t be useful at a summit.
As I said, the topic is getting some attention among other bloggers – especially of the tech variety. See comments from Brier Dudley, a tech columnist with the Seattle Times.
My take? Next time you have to reboot your Windows machine, think – do you really want this guy in charge of the free world?