When you think of Hollywood tough guys, you think of the likes of Arnold Schwartzenegger, Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme (although this list is by no means complete).
A couple of them have a particular commonality now. If you recall, Arnold was tapped by President George H.W. Bush (41) to be his Chairman on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Today, President-elect Donald Trump is tapping Sylvestor Stallone to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, an agency with an annual budget of $146M.
The Political Insider has a take on the subject:
While Stallone is positively disposed to the idea, It is not known whether Stallone will accept the gig. He has spoken previously of his admiration for Trump – and of his interest in entering politics. “It’s been widely and wrongly assumed that a Trump Presidency will be hostile to the arts,” a source told DailyMail.com. “But Mr Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs.” Stallone, 70 – best known for his roles as John Rambo and Rocky Balboa – backed John McCain’s presidential run in 2008 but he is not a registered Republican.
This is an interesting pick and it is exciting to see an actor on the staff who wasn’t advocating marijuana (a la Kal Penn’s Kumar in Obama’s service), but it comes on the heels of an announcement by Paul Ryan that the National Endowment for the Arts Agency will be stripped of an annual $167.5M. According to the figures above, that would actually put it in the red. That is, assuming of course, that the House actually gets any viable cost-cutting done – and – gets it passed through the Senate. There’s the big “IF”. “Yo, Adrian, we did it!”
Source: The Political Insider