The Upside to Not Having a 'Burning Desire' to Run for President

Right after Michael Bloomberg left the bipartisan panel in Oklahoma, the event organizer, David Boren, said he didn’t think the mayor had a burning desire to be president.

“Some people might see it as a negative, some people might see it as a positive,” said Bloomberg’s former communication’s director Bill Cunningham, who now works at Dan Klores Communications. (Bloomberg’s spokesman Stu Loeser declined to comment on Boren’s remarks.)

“Hillary’s camp attacked Obama for saying in first grade he wanted to be president of the United States. They tried to make some kind of life-long ambition thing, a negative,” he said.

“Throughout history, parts of the world have turned to people who didn’t necessarily exhibit that burning desire to be in public life. I.E. Cincinnatus in Rome, from which we get the city, Cincinnati.”