What Exactly Makes Them Presidential?

Aria Griffin

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In our current state, presidentially, we aren’t exactly at our best it seems. Day by day that this fact is known and digested by citizens, it becomes more unbearable to live with. It really raises the question as to how and why this happened, which makes this a coincidental time that this topic would be released, and it’s a very subjective one as well. What exactly makes a president a good president? If you really ponder it and ask a lot of people for a definite answer, there will be a 100% chance that you won’t get the same answer every time, and you’ll learn very quickly why the topic is subjective. In a way, even the very word “presidential” can be a glittering generality. What it means to be presidential is hard to pinpoint directly to say the least, which is why this article will be an opinionated piece.

Let’s think about it this way. If you were to describe what the word “presidential,” what would be the first thing you would think of? What do you think would be a quality that a good president should have? How do you think a good president should take their responsibilities? This could be a good starting point to our own answer, but, in order to come up with some suggestions, it would be useful to define what a president is before we attempt to define a good one. A president is the head of state and the head of government. It’s a very brief definition, but trust me, it holds a lot significance in the meaning of a good leader.

So what would be some skills that a good leader should have in order to be able to withstand the massive responsibility of contemporary global power? We can think of it as skill requirements that a good leader should have as a president is a leader, after all. Intelligence, honesty, connectivity, persistence, and leadership (obviously) would be good traits to look for. Since every president is viewed in different perspectives, it’s good to keep an eye out for the things that they have accomplished while in office, and as well as how they manage to be an intelligent, honest, connected, and persistent leader. Intelligence is important to any leader because of obvious reasons. The ability to make realistic policies and decisions is very important. In order to make these decisions, a president should be intelligent. Extensive knowledge of the American political system is needed. Good public speaking skills can be grouped under this category also. It is important for a president to be able to talk to his people. A good example of this would be FDR’s fireside chats.

Out of all the traits listed, honesty is arguably the most laughably hard to come by in politics. Every president in history has made a false promise to his people, usually during the presidential election. If a president was ever true to all of what he or she said, they would easily win best president in anyone’s book.

The ability of a president to be able to connect with his people is very important for a president. Doing so brings about a great deal of trust that is helpful in ensuring a view of trustworthiness. Persistence is an important trait for any American leader. Taking an idea that is good for the nation and being persistent to have a bill proposed and passed helps our nation out a great deal. A prevalent example of this would be Teddy Roosevelt’s motivation to get bills passed when it came to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Persistence, as any job where you happen to be leader, is extremely imperative, it most certainly plays a big role in being a president. One last trait that would be pretty obvious is leadership. What would a good leader be if he or she doesn’t have any leadership skills? Being able to take on the great responsibility of running an entire country is a great burden, and without leadership skills, it would be impossible. Lincoln is a fantastic example of leadership. He was leading our country during the hardest possible time to be president. Still, he held strong, and re-united the United States of America.

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What Exactly Makes Them Presidential?