When asked whether he would consider running for higher office, former Reykjavík mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Friday, while laughing hysterically, that he wouldn’t rule out running for president.
Jón, whose book Gnarr! How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World was recently published, was also asked about the legacy of his Best Party. “It … put more emphasis on humanistic issues and empathy and communication in politics and as a result I think people are more respectful … in politics,” he said.
Jón said that he hoped that his book would inspire people to believe in democracy.
Jón was elected as mayor of Reykjavík in 2010. He is the third Reykjavík mayor since 1982 to complete a full four-year term in office. In October last year, he announced that he would not seek reelection in May’s municipal elections. As a result, the Best Party was dissolved and members were integrated into Bright Future.