Angelina Jolie guest-edited BBC Radio 4 Today and is making headlines for how she responded to a question about running for office. Per The Guardian:
The Hollywood star pondered her future as she guest-edited BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. She told presenter Justin Webb she “can take a lot on the chin”.
He asked her: “I’m not necessarily getting you to run for president on the programme, but are you moving in a direction of politics?”
The Oscar-winner, 43, replied: “If you asked me 20 years ago I would’ve laughed. I really don’t know. I always say I’ll go where I’m needed. I don’t know if I’m fit for politics ... but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet.
“So I’m pretty open and out there,” said the actor, who had an acrimonious split with Brad Pitt. “I can take a lot on the chin so that’s good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.”
Jolie, a special envoy for the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, added: “Right now, I am able to work with a UN agency ... to do a lot of work directly with the people in need.
“I’m also able to work with governments, so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done, without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So for now I’ll sit quiet.”
She laughed as Webb suggested she could be on the list of 30 to 40 Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination.
Jolie, who has six children, admitted being wild and a “bit of a young punk” in her youth, but said: “I don’t feel I’ve changed much at all.”
That’s definitely not a no. And she’s right about the skeletons. It’s not like she’s never been on the cover of a tabloid. Going from the dirty world of celebrity to the dirty world of politics might not be that much of a stretch for her in that she already has a thick skin and “can take a lot on the chin”. Does that mean Angelina Jolie is going to run for president? I don’t think so? At least not in 2020. Beyond that though? If we were to even entertain this, like purely hypothetically, what path would she take? Would she run for Senate or even for governor (of California?) first? Or would she aim straight for the White House? Again, this is a hypothetical. A game of What If? How do you see it?
Here’s Angelina running errands yesterday with a couple of her kids (not pictured). Also here’s a shot of Angelina from behind after taking her kids out for breakfast.
Shiloh is the one with her arm around Angelina’s shoulders in the yellow hoodie. The reason I’m including this is to make the point that Shiloh is now tall enough to put her arm around mother’s shoulders. At 12 years old, she’s almost as tall as her mother. It goes by so fast.