Interview with a Future President: Chris Goscinski, 2028
These days there’s a lot of speculation about who might run for president in 2016. But at NSFWCORP, we like to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why I snagged an exclusive interview with our own Chris Goscinski. Not only was Chris an intern and writer during our 24 Hours in America election coverage, he’s also, according to his Twitter bio, a “2028 Presidential hopeful.”
Chris, 22, graduated from Montclair State University in May. He lives with his parents near Morristown, New Jersey and works in marketing and client relations for a company that delivers legal documents. He’s an outgoing, energetic, white guy.
Chris explains that his work for the 2008 Obama campaign helped spark his interest in running for office. “I think it was a real good example of . . . how your vote can matter,” he says. Although, he adds, “maybe our votes don’t matter as much as I thought they did back in ’08.”
His aspirations were heightened by a TV show about Air Force One. “That is just so friggin’ cool,” he recalled saying to friends. “Imagine being in that plane, like, nervous as hell going to the Middle East to try to solve a world crisis. That must be just the coolest, scariest thing.”
Chris didn’t always seem destined for greatness. “I was the nerd, the loser, the guy who kind of sat at the end of the table,” says Chris of his middle school days. “When everybody was getting whole milk on Milk Day, I was getting skim milk – I just always had to be off by one.”
By his sophomore year of college, however, Chris was running for student government president. He won by 98 votes. But he was still an unpolished politician. “The first few speeches were pretty dismal,” he says. “It was like ‘just kill me now because everybody is miserable with listening to me speak.’” He got better when he started writing and saying what he truly believed. In the parlance of Hillary Clinton, he found his voice.
Politically, Chris is an unaffiliated moderate. “I left the Democratic party because I was disillusioned,” he says, “so should I be illusioned again, I would love to come back .” He cares about issues like:
The environment: “As much as I think it’ll be fine while we’re alive, I’d like to have my kid’s kid’s kids be able to maintain a similar type of lifestyle in terms of food abundancy and not living underwater.” Gay rights: “I think gay rights are going to kind of figure themselves out. I see America becoming more and more socially democratic . . . ” A fairer, more efficient tax code: “I think the American dream is fast dying if not already dead.”
How does Chris plan to take the Oval Office? Start local.
Looking at what our state senators do, some of them make these bold moves and go with their gut and then find themselves in Washington, and I’m thinking that that may be the way I have to go . . .
Chris doesn’t have everything planned out, though. “If I were to be president,” he says, “I don’t know what I would do after. I’ve got no plans after.”
As a hard-bitten political correspondent of 27, I wonder if young Chris is flaunting the rules of the political game to his peril. Isn’t he risking his shot at the presidency by blatantly admitting he wants it? Shouldn’t he be masking his true ambitions with false humility and vague, lofty references to “public service”?
“It actually occurred to me that wow, this is someday going to be on Fox News and just lambasted to all hell,” he says. “And I think I’m ok with that because I’m not going to deny that I was incredibly passionate when I was younger. And I think that that is also a little bit for me to see everyday, that this is a goal. Don’t lose it.”
Fair enough. But isn’t Chris taking an even bigger political risk by interning for something called Not Safe For Work Corporation?
“My principle-based decision to write those articles, to affiliate with an incredibly liberal group is an okay decision for me because it’s not hidden. It’s who I am, and if you take out all the curse words it’s something that you would hear in a speech anyways.”