Tom Hanks is not running for president, but he is trying to make America feel better about its next Commander in Chief.
The Inferno star delivered a heartfelt speech Tuesday night at the Museum of Modern Art’s ninth annual film benefit in New York City. Hanks, the night’s honoree and longtime Democratic supporter, assured the star-studded audience that “we are going to be all right” after Donald Trump’s election. Steven Spielberg, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen Colbert, Emma Watson, Steve Martin and Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson were just some of the famous faces in the crowd.
The speech also addressed filmmaker Michael Moore’s recent suggestion that Hanks run for president. The Bowling for Columbine director argued on CNN that Democrats would be better off with a well-liked celebrity on their ticket — as Republicans have done with Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and now Donald Trump.
“I don’t know what to make of that,” Hanks said of Moore’s idea ahead of the benefit. “Really? Is this where we are? I don’t think so. I wouldn’t make a good CPA much less anything else,” he added with a laugh.
Moore had also proposed that Oprah Winfrey run for president, and during the benefit’s Hank tribute, the talk show mogul appeared via a prerecorded video and compelled one audience member to shout, “Run for president!”
Hanks never mentioned the President-Elect by name during the 10-minute speech. Read the transcript in full at EW.
While he might not be running for office, Hanks is set to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor later this month. The two-time Oscar winner is one of 21 big names in the 2016 class of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, the White House announced in a press release on Wednesday.