With the 2016 presidential election still far beyond a distant horizon, a number of rather surprising names have entered the world of electoral speculation.
Ultra-liberal Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has made noise about running as a Democrat in 2016. Then there’s chatter about the interest former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has in the office. In the not-so-far-fetched column, you find the name of current Massachusetts Senator and progressive icon Elizabeth Warren.
But not one of the above names is anywhere near as surprising as that of the Hollywood star whose extravagant wedding this past weekend has been the talk of celebrity circles. Yes, that star — George Clooney.
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And lest you think us looney for mentioning Clooney, one must consider the professional opinion of a fellow whose business is big-time bookmaking. As reported by the Washington Examiner:
The chances George Clooney becomes president of the United States may be small, but they are growing.
William Hill, the world’s biggest bookmaker headquartered in London, has halved the odds of the star actor becoming U.S. president in his lifetime, from 200/1 to 100/1.
Reportedly, the odds on Clooney’s possible future on Pennsylvania Avenue improved after the actor and activist friend of the current White House occupant dropped a few recent hints about his interest in politics.
Clooney is now at 20/1 odds that he’ll join the 2016 presidential race, with a 500/1 chance he’ll win it. By comparison, Democrat Hillary Clinton is the favorite at 5/4 odds.
“George Clooney is not just one of the most recognizable faces in the USA, but in the world, and if he did decide to run for President he ticks a lot of boxes,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Of course, a hotshot bookmaker like Hill will take a bet if someone’s willing to make it.
William Hill has taken other bets on celebrities to run for president, including actor Will Smith at 250/1, musician Lady Gaga at 500/1 and golfer Tiger Woods at 500/1.