Albert Einstein Was Offered the Role to be President of Israel





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Albert Einstein was offered the role of President of Israel. Did he take it?

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Albert Einstein Was Offered the Role to be President Script

Albert Einstein Was Offered the Role to be President

Albert Einstein is known for General Relativity, Special Relativity, Manhattan Project and that weird equation that we see everywhere that we should know and understand, but really don’t: E=MC2. But he could have been known for something else, too.

In 1952 Albert Einstein was offered the role as President. Yes the man who made the Atomic Bomb was offered a political role.

In the offer it said that Albert would have to move to Israel, that’s a given, he would get a, quote, “complete facility and freedom to pursue your great scientific work would be afforded by a government and people who are fully conscious of the supreme significance of your labors”. And citizenship.

That’s a pretty cool offer, I might had. Though: From my understanding the president's role doesn’t have much power and is there just . . . because? I guess. It’s like the queen. She has had some power but the country is mainly run by the Prime Minister.

So, did Albert accept this good old offer?

This was Albert’s response back to the Prime Minister's Offer:

I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel [to serve as President], and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions. For these reasons alone I should be unsuited to fulfill the duties of that high office, even if advancing age was not making increasing inroads on my strength. I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human bond, ever since I became fully aware of our precarious situation among the nations of the world.

So, he didn’t take the job. Who could blame him? It was a tough time in the world. The War ended not too long before. Albert was in his 70s when offered the role. If he had taken it, he wouldn’t have had much time to take advantages of the bonuses, because he would have died before his first term was up.

Fun Fact: Albert Einstein has had 7 citizenship. And some of of his hobbies were playing the violin and not wearing socks.