The Westside Gazette

What makes a person want to be President of America?

Roger Caldwell

What makes a person want to be President of America?

By Roger Caldwell

As the candidates for president step up to the plate, and explain their qualifications for the most challenging and toughest job on the planet, maybe they all are lying. Nevertheless, every presidential election cycle, there are always a group of men and women who are willing to pursue the office. Presidents have always confronted colossal challenges; therefore it is necessary to have a huge ego and extremely thick skin, when you start the process.

2016 is a presidential election year, and the Republicans have a field of 17 candidates with diverse opinions and plans to make America great again. Obviously, these 17 candidates believe that they can do the job, and they are ready to tackle the formidable and frightening problems in America. The Democrats started with five candidates and it took only four or five months to get the number down to two candidates. After nine months the Republican candidates are down to six candidates, and still the question is why do all the candidates want the job?

Today with the ever present media and the 24 hour news cycle, any candidate running for the office of president is under intense scrutiny and pressure. Their life is an open book, and every news reporter is looking for dirt that they can expose to the public. Nothing in their life is private, and everything that happens to the candidate is put on display for the world to see.

Most candidates probably never sleep, because they spend most of the day and night putting out fires, which will not be important tomorrow. Each campaign is like a long distance race, where you stop along the way to have a gladiator fight with one or two of your opponents. Some of these gladiator fights are to your death and other fights will just leave you bloody.

But once you decide to run for president, you will start to age and there will always be a group that will call you an incompetent buffoon.

As a presidential candidate, you are expected to participate in the presidential debates. The presidential debates are verbal boxing matches where your opponent tries to make you appear uninformed and you have no idea what you are talking about. Depending on the host/moderators, the debate can turn into a spectacle of foolishness or an intelligent discourse of knowledge and information. Even though at times the debates are silly and no one is telling the truth, at the end of each event the candidates can put a big check in their campaign bank account.

Every candidate likes to talk about their sense of duty to the country, and how they will improve the lives of the citizens, but everyone is making a deal with a Super PAC. “Before Super PACs became super, they were just PACs or Political Action Committees. The group could support a candidate or a cause, but were heavily regulated under the terms of the campaign finance laws, and allowed to give candidates $2,500.

But in 2010, two court cases re-wrote the book on campaign spending and ushered in the Super PAC,” says Gregory Krieg, of ABC News.

Many of the presidential candidates say they are divinely inspired to run for office, but in the final analysis every candidate is a businessman. It is predicted in the 2016 presidential race the final tally for both parties could hit $5 billion. Some believe that Hillary will spend and raise around $1.4 billion, and no one really keeps track of how the money is spent.

It takes a big ego and thick skin to run for president of the United States, and there are thousands of reasons why someone decides to run for office. No matter what the candidates believes, and say, it is always about the Benjamin’s.


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