WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's already an accomplished rap star with an impressive acting resume. But for Cris 'Ludacris' Bridges, platinum selling records and academy-award winning films isn't enough.
His next endeavor? A bid as a 2012 presidential hopeful.
In an address to the National Press Club in Washington Friday, Ludacris joked that "as long as they don't use some of the things that people want to criticize me for in the past during my Campaign. I feel like I have a very strong chance of winning."
He is perhaps best known for his sometimes-controversial lyrics. His 2008 release of "Politics" was meant to show support for then-candidate Barack Obama, but it was received unfavorably by some for its negative comments toward then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain, among others.
Ludacris is in Washington hosting the 6th annual gala dinner for his philanthropy, 'The Ludacris Foundation.' He noted that with his organization, he is "answering President Obama's call to service."
"The Gala will recognize the achievements of five individuals with a rich history of giving back and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service," he said according to a release.
The foundation is presenting Rep. Maxine Waters with its first annual Congressional Leadership Award. The Ludacris Foundation teamed up with the California Democrat in providing assistance to underserved communities in her district of South Central Los Angeles.
Other honorees include legendary music producer Quincy Jones and BET CEO Debra Lee.
He now qualifies for a rhyming adjective – LUDICROUS LUDACRIS.
Great title for his next album.
Ludiscrous meaning laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity. Obvious Absurdity being his belief that he could be President. Not even when pigs fly.
and how Ludicris is that!
rapper against a joke, rapper will win. Obama LIES
Ludacris is more lucid than Obama. He would have my vote in any democratic primary.
All I can say, is that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn becks heads may collectively explode if they find Ludacris with higher numbers than any Republican candidate...Of course I doubt anyone would take Ludacris seriously....no more than Sarah Palin...what a joke
Sorry, but my woman, Hillary, will trump him out of the race.
You all are missing the point. It is a common, and one that political action groups use frequently, to take extreme positions, or support extreme candidates, in order to shore up the centrist credentials of another candidate or incumbent.
In short, by running Ludacris, some far left dems hope to make Obama appear centrist, and prevent the center and right from pushing Obama into that sphere.
But this is the work of amateurs: Ludacris as a candidate is ludicrous, and I have a hard time buying that a party that so masterfully manipulated the media and public opinion (helps that MSM and Hollywood work for them), is behind this.
Ludacris is a complete moron. He is an obnoxious person who uses foul lyrics and such coarse language. He belong in a jail, not the white house.
L for Ludacris
L for Limbaugh
L for Loud
Dear CNN –
Please stop reporting on this garbage. Your uninsightful journalism lends undeserved publicity to those who dont need it.
Are you kidding, he wants to run for President? Is America being Punk'd?
Kermit the Frog for President!
I like the msgs on here. Here's the right solution let's everyone judge and find EVERYTHING stupid that you dont agree w/, and see if you can just 'will' things to not happen.
...if he feels he's good enough and has the right credentials to run, he should. Actors have run, why not a rapper/actor... I dont think it's for him, but he should run if he can... he's made it THIS far.
All those w/ b/s comments - have y'all come from $10-15/hr to multi-million dollar fame/success? hmm... nope... guess you should shut up then.
His name says it all
JANE/SEATTLE.......where can I get some of what you're smoking??????
HAHA yea ok!
OK! I'm done laughing... He can't be serious can he? What a fool...but if Palin can run I guess anyone can do it! Still laughing at him and Palin foolishness....
OK – I had my belly laugh for today!
He's as qualified as Sarah Palin, and probably as entertaining.
Ludacris isn't running for president, it was a lighthearted joke.
I think the point of this article was to shed light on his foundation. He's one of the few rappers who's trying to make a positive difference in his community and is showing that not all rappers are thugs like the majority of Americans think they are.