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A Lot Of People Really Want Bill Gates To Run For President

Voters say the Microsoft co-founder hits a sweet spot between President Obama and Ellen DeGeneres

Here’s a good test of your ‘90s nostalgia: Would you vote for Bill Gates for president?


In a somewhat idiosyncratic but still illuminating study, 28 percent of respondents said they definitely would—not a bad number considering today’s real live presidential candidates tied or barely exceeded the figure. (Yes, Donald Trump hit the same percentage; Hillary Clinton edged it by just five points.)

But the survey offers a bigger picture of what kind of public figures enjoy some public trust and sympathy these days. Fidelum Partners asked respondents to rate Gates and other A-listers on their warmth and competence—good proxies for leadership, according to leading social psychologists, and a fun way to create a chart with four quadrants of perception:

  • Low ratings on both warmth and competence land you in the “contempt and rejection” category, with the likes of Charlie Sheen, Vladimir Putin, and, well, Trump and Clinton.
  • Low on warmth but high on competence? It’s “envy and distrust” for Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and you.
  • Maybe you’re not seen as super competent, but there’s just something redeemingly warm about you. Welcome to “sympathy and neglect”—and the company of Bernie Sanders, George W. Bush, and Jessica Simpson.
  • That leaves Bill Gates Land—“admiration and loyalty” for those who score big on warmth and competence alike. Here’s president Obama and Warren Buffett…but also Ellen DeGeneres and Mark Zuckerberg, two people not often floated for high office.

One clear takeaway ought to give us pause. At a time when many Americans are uncertain to say the least about handing our future over to Silicon Valley, Wall Street, or other elite bastions, as a whole, we’re still apt to look more favorably on our business geniuses than our top politicians. Maybe Ellen/Zuck ’20 isn’t that farfetched after all. But maybe it’s also true that getting into politics is just a quick and easy way to make enemies.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.





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