November 5, 2013
The Presidents: Successes and Failures
The United States has had 44 presidents. The first one was George Washington in 1789, and the most recent is Barack Obama in 2009. The President of the United States is one of the most powerful men in the world. He is the chief executive of a political institution which employs several million civil servants and has control over the most powerful nuclear arsenal in the world. Therefore, the level of scrutiny upon his affairs is intense, not only from political bodies, both foreign and domestic, but also from the people of the United States. The level of pressure on this individual is intense and any wrong move, whether that be in his personal life or in his political affairs can lead to a “failed” presidency. The role of the President is the most prestigious one in the political sphere. There are many factors that contribute to the success and failure of a president. Factors such as popularity, strong leadership, congress, ability to speak well in public, ability to handle stress, communication skills and more that would really help them in attempting to better our country. Population is important because it is a necessity for the president to be known for them to be elected. The people want to know if he is likable, if he will do a good job, they do not want a president who is not likeable nor going to do anything to better the country. They want a president who has the ability to convince them to do as he wishes. Strong leadership is important because presidents need the ability to rally people behind them. Leadership is a rare and important characteristic in a president. Being a president is all about leadership, leadership of the country, the nation, and the people want someone who is going to do a good job at that, not someone who is going to send the country into an economic depression. Congress is important because having the ability to control and persuade members Congress is extremely beneficial when it comes down to voting on bills and laws and certain things that Congress would put their foot down and say no to if the president did not have the ability to persuade them. To be a president, one must have the ability to speak well and not stutter and be able to communicate clearly and in a way that is not complicated or confusing that is straight forward and to the point. The president has to make speeches quite often and having a president that cannot speak well causes problems and can cause the presidents career to fail quickly. Stress, the amount of stress that the president of the United States has is unimaginable. Most of us could not comprehend or even understand what he has to go through every single day. A major factor to the success of a president is the ability to handle, cope, and deal with large amounts of stress. If the president cannot handle the amount of stress that he has to deal with, he should not have ever run to become president to begin with. Every person should know and strongly think about and consider before even thinking about becoming president the amount of stress that it will cause. In conclusion, there are endless amounts of factors that contribute to the success and failure of presidents as they attempt to better our country while they are serving in office. Each and every president is different and special and unique in his or her own ways, the United States has had both good and bad presidents. But then again what one person may consider a bad president may be what another person considers to be a good president. It all depends on the person’s point of view.
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