Scott Adams, the guy who created the Dilbert cartoon, recently wrote a blog post that has gained notoriety in which he calls for Bill Gates to run for President. Taken straight from his blog
"In an earlier post I said Bill Gates would make an excellent president because he’s a successful businessman, makes decisions based on reason instead of superstition, and has a track record of trying to help the poor through his foundation. Apparently I am not alone. There’s a new web site dedicated to getting him elected: www.BillGatesforPresident.net"
Adams reckons people are split into two camps when it comes to the question of whether they would vote for Gates. Either people would vote for him, or, they say that Bill Gates has done lots of evil business deals (and thus imply that they wouldn't vote for him). Adam's argues however, that even Gates evil dealings would be good for the US – arguing that:
"The man took one look at capitalism and beat it like a 14-year old boy with unrestricted Internet access. Bill Gates is a winner. Wouldn’t you prefer having him on your side for a change, beating the crap out of North Korea instead of Netscape?"
Adams argues that the best President needs to be part demon. He says:
"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. He’s got the Carl Sagan intelligence and rational mind. He’s a hugely successful businessman. And I have every reason to believe he can choke people just by concentrating in their general direction. You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be useful at a summit."
As crazy as his argument sounds, after reading his blog I actually found myself agreeing with him on most of the points. Surely Bill Gates won't be the next President of the United States? I wonder how Steve Jobs would react to that?
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