Mark Zuckerberg Would be the Youngest and (Likely) First Atheist President
If Mark Zuckerberg runs for, and is elected, to the highest office in the land in November of 2020, he will be the youngest president in United States history at 36 years old. (Teddy Roosevelt was 42 years old on his Inauguration in 1901; John F. Kennedy was 43 in 1961.) Zuckerberg will be the first president to have ever been openly atheist, and the first of Jewish descent. He claimed to eschew atheism last year and has expressed interest in his wife's religion, Buddhism, as well as faith in general. Speaking of his wife, Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg will be the first president of the United States in an interracial marriage.
He will not, however, be the first billionaire president. That honor goes to the first-ever reality TV star and walking billboard for toxic masculinity now running the country. But Zuck's on the campaign trail, whether he wants to admit it or not, dropping in on random families in Ohio (they claimed he was "a really cool guy"), getting even more political in Facebook posts, and doing his damnedest to inspire the youth.
On Thursday, Harvard-dropout Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at Harvard, where he talked about factory jobs, equal opportunities through social reform, opioid addiction, and finding your "sense of purpose"—i.e. he hit quite a few political marks. The Harvard Crimson mocked him ruthlessly in an apparent hack, so the respect of the masses is a bit questionable.
And Zuckerberg is currently in the midst of a 50-state definitely-not-a-campaign-tour tour. The New York Times reports he has already made it half the states, including stops at a Texas rodeo, a Wisconsin dairy farm, and a Mississippi blues club. He is doing so between his day job, which is to run a $438-billion company that happens to be under significant pressure after the last election and the questionable rules by which it monitors what its users post. That'll be fixed by 2020, right? Zuckerberg of course has publicly denied the tour has anything to do with a presidential run, but documents filed to the SEC last year hint that he has at least considered the option of "a government position."
All this wild speculation could culminate in an honest-to-God presidential campaign. It could lead to a battle between Zuck and the Rock, for all we know. Here's money on the Rock, who oozes charisma in his wake. But then, Zuck has the power (and data) of Facebook. Either way, after the last two years, exactly no one will be surprised by the outcome.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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