Donald Trump announced today from the Hilton Hotel that he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He cited that “business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” So Donald Trump will not seek to be President of the United States and turn the White House into the Trump House. Trump joins Mike Huckabee, who announced Saturday that he, too, will not run. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was pleased with the news that the star of Celebrity Apprentice will be around for the fall season. Is Trump really too entrenched in the private sector to run, or is he afraid that Barack Obama is unbeatable now that Osama bin Laden is dead? Will Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich benefit?

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Donald Trump announced today that he will not run for president in 2012. Image Credit: DJDM/

My own personal take on this is that Trump probably was never truly serious about running in the first place. Yes, I know. If you have read my earlier articles, you would get the impression that I was a Trump supporter, and you would be right. File this under the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”

I was a big fan of Trump when he began the original series of “The Apprentice” with “Survivor” creator, Mark Burnett. It was a mixture of capitalism and meritocracy that was beautiful to watch. I even enjoyed the first season of Celebrity Apprentice when Piers Morgan won, as he deserved to. But the wheels came off the Trump bandwagon for me the first time when Joan Rivers was named the winner over poker-star, Annie Duke. Duke had played a better game and had raised far more money than Rivers did. I was deeply disappointed and even considered a possible fix was in from the beginning, as the charity Rivers represented was one which had Trump′s sister on the board of directors.

So when Trump began his talk about running for president, I became excited. First, none of the other current candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul and Herman Cain, really inspire me. Donald Trump would have made the campaign fun to watch, if for no other reason than pure entertainment value. I have no doubt that Trump would make a better president than Barack Obama. A pair of my old socks would, too.

Needless to say, I am disappointed now that Donald Trump has decided not to run for president in 2012. His campaign would have been a good one and forced the rest of the pack of Republican hopefuls to step up their own games. Trump, who appeared at the Hilton Hotel, said “business is my greatest passion” and I believe him. I also believe NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt who does covet having Trump on his network for Celebrity Apprentice. But I cannot shake the feeling that the United States just lost a good contender to oppose Barack Obama for the White House. I shed no tears for Trump, nor Mike Huckabee deciding not to run. With Osama bin Laden dead, Obama is not really that much harder to beat, in my opinion. I also do not see this benefiting either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. Those two losers will go nowhere fast. Too bad America lost today, possibly for good.


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