Job Wanted: Qualifications for President

The General
The General
Mr. Adams
Mr. Adams
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.  -John F. Kennedy
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. -John F. Kennedy

So, you want to be President, tell me a little about yourself...

Like any standard job opening, there is a list of qualifications that must be fulfilled in order to attain an interview. While remedial jobs have wiggle room based on how dynamic the candidate’s personality is, there are good reasons for overlooking a better qualified candidate in the face of a slightly less qualified one. As one moves up the corporate food chain, standard qualifications of education and years of service no longer suffice. Medium and large corporations look for cutting edge behavior, explosive track records, maturity to handle risk and the ever present “so what have you done of value lately.” Winning six and seven figure salaries in this day and age requires an individual with ritualistic tenacity and unsurpassed brain power. It should also go without saying that the office for President of the United States is the most powerful position on the planet (at least it still was during the writing of this piece). Why would we not expect this candidate to be above reproach and of a caliber only handfuls of people possess? I wish to share with you what I believe should be overwhelming common sense attributes for a President in waiting.

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire:

Any man or women who opines for the highest office of the land should know how to run a multimillion dollar company from the ground up. Being a business owner and operator is in my eyes the number one must have qualification. The skills required to balance a profit and loss statement, manage the human element of production and find common ground from your lowest employee to your second in command cannot be replicated elsewhere.

A President must understand what the common mans life looks like, what they do for a living, how they contribute to the top and bottom line, and the struggles they face on the front lines.

A President needs to realize his company cannot expand if production and sales are not bringing in profits. A President cannot spend all his time in marketing trying to perfect slight of hand, the goods purchased by consumers will either be from quality and reliability or the consumer will vote you off the board with their dollar.

In business, a President is the Shepard and the sheep; you have to care for you flock, keep them healthy so that they loyally produce for you and you have to show them you are not above spending time with them getting dirty.

Most of all a President needs the experience of creating something from scratch, feeling the pressure and pain of deadlines; set backs, red tape, bureaucracies and liability issues. Remember folks, America is a multi-trillion dollar economy, it needs to be regarded as a company, when profits are unhealthy, you know you are going to face massive unemployment. When we manipulate our currency, our foreign customers are going to look for business elsewhere. It’s simplistic, but accurate.

James Madison
James Madison
Mr. James Monroe
Mr. James Monroe
Andrew Jackson aka "The Dueler"
Andrew Jackson aka "The Dueler"

Family Man/Woman:

What should be least controversial I am sure to make extra controversial (through common sense). The POTUS to be should have a stable family with at least two children and be heterosexual. Let’s be 100% clear on this qualification; the homosexual community by many a measure only makes up to 4% of the American population. Just like a Green Party or Libertarian candidate, identifying with 5% or less of the population will make for terrible prioritizing of national issues, and polarization of Presidential authority.

The less scandal that can be manufactured by the media makes all the better to focus on job initiatives. Look what happened to Andrew Jackson, he was with Rachel Robards who was technically still married to her soon to be ex-husband, but Jackson’s nemesis plied him with base accusations.

Other than George Washington who was peerless to be President at such a momentous time, no Presidential election has been free from character assassination. John Adams was exposed to maligning from his own Vice President Mr. Jefferson, talk about performance pressure…

There may always be an exception here or there, but America needs a leader who understands compromise with a spouse, the joy and heart ache of children, plus exercising of family values.

Family values demonstrate the keen sense of how a President will guide his American family. There are aspects to having a family of your own in which you cannot dismiss or sympathize with if never having had one. Having your own family is tied to owning your own business, you simple cannot say I understand what you mean if you actually don’t. Family values portray self-sacrifice and dedication to higher calling than oneself. I do struggle to put emphasis on “self-sacrifice” because nowadays, Presidential candidates have such polished, sheltered and catered lifestyles, really how hard is it to provide a good life for offspring, other than making sure to show up and remind them who bore them.

(Aside)

For the record, there is a former running mate for VP that for sometime did do a good job of portraying family values and average class rights. As of late, there have been judgment calls by several members of this family that have been mind numbingly devoid of common sense and quite frankly unfit for high office. When you know you are under a microscope you adjust accordingly, you do not treat the microscope as a showcase for talent TV. In my eye’s I do not take this family serious anymore as a contender for any office other than party fundraiser and sideshow.

"Bully"
"Bully"

Self-made Individual:

Think for a moment about former POTUS who were formed and refined by adversity, epic calamity, world crisis and self determined will. Certainly my list would contain the first 7 Presidents, though John Quincy benefited greatly through his fathers appointments, so he is the weakest of these 7. Not withstanding an unrememberable office, Millard Fillmore who was apprenticed from a clothmakers firm and married a teacher, he had a hill to climb. Lincoln is obvious and may he remain that way eternally.

It is notable the Roosevelt family, more particularly Teddy who was despised by Woodrow Wilson (our first real 20th century elitist). Teddy is an enigma, had his father’s wealth not existed, I doubt he would have even survived his bouts of asthma, as he was under constant care and affection. Truman was self-made and experienced failure. Dwight Eisenhower’s military career speaks for itself. Then there is that pompous peanut farmer I love to hate, nevertheless I give Carter credit for his dubious ascension. The last of the great self-made men ends with Mr. Reagan. Most of these men were well in age and experienced with all sorts of life before taking the reigns of high office.

Givem Hell Harry Truman
Givem Hell Harry Truman
The Austere President Wilson
The Austere President Wilson
Dwight D Eisenhower
Dwight D Eisenhower
Carter (with smile, minus the sweater)
Carter (with smile, minus the sweater)
"Dutch"
"Dutch"

No More Lawyers!

This is my personal preference, but also notable that a lawyer first sees a problem and wants to devise a new law in place of examining the cause of the problem. There are legislatures, house members, and Senators enough with law credentials; our White House has become a member’s only party of code talkers.

{Two lawyers talking} “Hey William, have you noticed how fat Middle America is lately?”

“I sure have Charlotte; we should devise a new bill where the lower and middle classes should be forced to pass through a weighing machine set up in front of grocery stores and restaurants. If their body weight is 10% above the average healthy specification set by our FDA, then they are not allowed to buy anything but celery and vitamin water.”

“Oh, what a terrific idea William, I sure am glad we get free passes.”

Enough! Murderous regimes do not need some professor waving his finger and tisk tisking bad behavior…

*(momentary rant)

*A great example in history of a finger waver and a doer; November 4, 1979, when sweet little President Carter was in office with his nice broad smile and cardigan sweaters, our American embassy in Iran was overrun by terrorist demonstrators. At first there were 66 hostages, then a few were released, brining the total to 52 American’s being tortured, starved, paraded and held in captivity by Iranian terrorists (some called them radical students) for 444 days. Carter was powerless to free them, and any attempt made led to further embarrassment and the feckless death of 8 American soldiers. At the time there was another monster in waiting being fortified with arms and money to invade Iran…Saddam. Call this over simplified, call this next statement overreaching, but it is funny how January 20, 1981 the day our beloved ball buster took office, the American hostages were let go. Iran did not want a piece of Reagan, which is recognition of someone who would do something about terror versus aimless postulating and waffling. (Another good comparison is the Iranian helicopter rescue attempt versus the Granada invasion = real determination to get a job done)

Historical Perspective;

What better way to rule the largest company in the world than through the understanding of that companies past and the competition with which has threatened it? I am not saying the POTUS to be should have a Doctorate in world history, but a BA would be nice. A POTUS can more easily avoid failed policies and doom if they recognize a particular play has already been tried, it’s better than going to the same old running play that has destroyed other empires.

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Your family and friends speak volumes about the kind of person you are. You have spent a great deal with them through your life so you must have a bond and shared values. If a candidate is embarrassed by them and crows three times in the public square, then either you are a coward, or you know you are hiding something about yourself.

Military Service:

Lastly, I strongly believe that a POTUS should have spent at least three years in the armed services. From a perspective of experience, respect, and operation familiarization, a POTUS should understand the differences between civilian initiative and military orders.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Jason, I love this! It falls right in line with my "common sense" approach to fixing this country.

AWESOME!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

CMerrit,

Thank you for being the first to comment and thank you for the compliment. I will check out your hub. Up and onward…


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Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

hello Jason, Phew! The New World Order!

chances are safer to play God!

like your hub...gr8t


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi MistressofSpice,

you arent kidding, though I do not want to play God, it's hard enough for me to provide a good life for my family, and take care of others without thinking about such strong charges. I appreciate your comments, thank you very much.


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Old Poolman 6 years ago from Rural Arizona

Jason, Based on the criteria you spelled out for POTUS, I don't think we need to worry about any overqualified candidates. This was a very informative hub and extremely well written.

Happy Thanksgiving


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Mr. Poolman,

Thank you kindly for the nice compliment. I tried to be very objective; I believe this piece to be middle of the road and fair for both parties. Thanks again sir. God Bless.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Hi Jason - there's a lot to agree with in your hub. Where I'd differ is with your assertion that the top business leaders have very high intelligence. Some have, sure, but many owe their success to a combination of privilege and cunning. I notice you didn't insist on military background or any particular religion. There I'll agree gladly, though a knowledge of the history of both is a must as, sadly, both still wield too much influence.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Mr. Dave,

Yes, cunning can pass for intellectual merit, but I would gather if they could circumvent all my requirements, then we are dealing with someone of sinister nature, otherwise they would be fleshed out per se. As for those other two things you mentioned, I do not require a devotion to any religion as two of my favorite presidents were admittedly not devout to any perish or denomination, they embodied a keen sense of Godly wisdom and just nature. I would hope they at least believe in a divine creator. You can correct me, but a man or women who only feels beholden to self is likely not concerned with higher accountability (a generalization mind you, I do not mean it as a certainty). I am glad to find such agreement with you on a subject. Thank you for taking the time to read my piece, your contribution gives me awareness of my opportunities. Much appreciated.

p.s. you can also correct me, but I believe it is far harder for a prime minister to seek dictator powers, which isn’t possible without parliament. We have executive orders that give a President “temporary” total powers, which once exercised is akin to crossing the Rubicon. Thanks again Dave.


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Coming of Age 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hi Jason,

I know you like for me to engage if I can, but the problem here is that I agree almost 100%...There is only one thing I would assert, and that is a change in the order of qualifications.

In my not so humble opinion, the first characteristic for POTUS should be selflessness. All of the greatest leaders of in the history of our nation, and others as well, posessed this characteristic.

George Washington wintered the storm with his men at Valley Forge, and was willing to sacrifice for the greater cause that would become America.

Abraham Lincoln, determined to hold the union together had been threatened with assasination, and knew of the posibility that it could happen. He lost his own son while in office, and still he pressed forward for the unity of a nation, and the greater good. Ultimately (as we know) he did lose his life to an assasins bullet.

From outside of America, I hold up Winston Churchill as a prime example of selfless determination. The way he inspired the Brittish to endure the relentless bombings of London, and V2 terror weapon attacks gave them the belief in victory, and the strength to endure.

These men had the stuff that leaders are made of!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Coming of Age,

You stated it beautifully; I see it not as a correction, but a fine validation. Thank you friend, I concur. It is equally fitting that Winston was half American!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

The alternative to belief in God doesn't have to mean 'beholden only to self'. It can mean a heightened desire to contribute to the betterment of human society on Earth, as the only society we can be sure exists.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Jason, an interesting read to be sure. While I don't agree with you on a few points, I'm reading you not me, so I'll say it is a jump in the direction that would be nice to go as apposed to "none of the above" that should be added to every election ballot forcing them to go back and try again,Peace, 50


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Pretty much the qualities we need, but it is voters who make the choice.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Paraglider,

For all practical conversation, I have no argument with your supposition, I am aware that history has brought the pendulum in both directions. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving

Hi 50,

Nice to see you back in the saddle. I to would like to pick none of the above, but these are the candidates who have the money and support, it’s a catch 22 we lose, they win, we lose, they still win. What can we do? Thank you for the contribution, hope you are well. Happy Thanksgiving

Dahoglund,

Well, maybe if enough of us keep pushing these type of expectations, we might just assuage some citizens who are qualified to run. Thank you for your contribution. Happy Thanksgiving


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Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

Dear Mister Jason, with all due respect the hub is a good intellecutal place to be, its rather fun and you write excellent...i rather we hear and read mor bout your articles,i was just kiddin in my respon above...tke care chat mor..


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

You continue to impress and inspire me Jason. My ears are always open. thanks for a great read....by the way when are you entering the race for POTUS!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Mistress of Spice,

Thank you for the comment. I am glad you like this, we will see what the future brings.

Jeremey,

Hey bud, thanks for the vote of confidence. I do not want the job, I actually rather live life with my family, out of the spot light. I'm a private sector kind of guy. Thanks for reading Jeremey, hope all is well with you.


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Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

Jason, Druid here. Had me a little taste of Crisis, fretting over current Presidential stuff. Economy hit hard here, as I'm sure it has where you are. Your hub gave me a lot of insight. I think you are more verbose than most (Heh,heh) Let me just say, that TJ or Pres. Jefferson was one of my favs. Been to DC twice. I like to stand in the Jeff. Mem. and read his words. Divine Inspiration. If you haven't been, go. Family trip. It's well worth the dime. July 4th is a BLAST! Keep writing, best wishes.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Driud Dude, I more than understand what you are saying through experience. The reason I may be "verbose" is because I feel I can never overstate what few and fewer will inspect. Some have insulted me for my youth when they really wanted to avert the historical facts. We live in strange time Druid Dude, I just want to see a return to common sense and balanced weighing of needs. I fear for my daughter's future.

Thank you for stopping by to read, Jefferson was/is an enigma. Jefferson had the words, but Washington was the doer. I still couldnt pick a favorite...


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

So, with so many in agreement with you, ( as I am ), what is the problem? No worthy person would be bothered by the job, being as they are, in economic speak, 'over qualified'?

Politics was meant to be a place to serve your countrymen, it has become, a rung on one's career ladder.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Y, there in lies the problem, we all can agree upon a set of principles, but the candidates that step forward rarely exude those qualities. Its easy for me to take the cynical approach and say those who are looking to serve themselves apply for the big house. Men and women in the armed forces are trying to serve their country; politicians are looking for the private perks, swanky parties and indulgent fund raising dinners. Question is who created who? Thanks for stopping by to contribute, it will be a while before I can get back to participating and writing again. God Bless.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Where are you at, Jason, come back here to Hubpages, we're not nearly done with you here. Hope all is well.


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Todd, thanks for asking about me. I've been stuck in an end of year work and school crunch. My classes have me pulling my hair out...I have lots to write about, just no time to do it. I will see you all soon again, I have a winter break coming up. Thanks again.


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toomeymd 5 years ago from Utah

Very well written. I especially agree about POTUS serving in the military. You shouldn't be able to order troops into combat if you have never experienced combat. This might limit the amount of unneccesary wars we've been in lately.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I love it! You have great ideas here, my friend. I agree with you 100%.


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Toomeymd, thank you for reading my article. I am glad to see that most agree with what should be moderate prerogative. I to would prefer a President who has been forced to follow before being given the power to force a march.

James, thanks for stopping by friend. Thank you for the comment sir. Merry Christmas.


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Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

Washington, Jefferson...clear fav was FRANKLIN. He was the invisible key in the center of the Masonic Maelstrom he helped to create. I tend to let my mystical side "interrupt". I enjoyed this so much, I came back to bump you up more. Peace. Wouldn't take the job. Rather be an invisible advisor. Keep me in mind.


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Mr. Druid Dude, thank you for the acclaim. I cannot wait to finish my degree in September, then back to joining the ranks of Sarah Palin and infuriating all mainstream media. Our audience isn't as robust as it once was...oh to have heard our fathers voice their opinions live; So many of these men we speak of were an institution on to themselves. Wish I could stay longer and chat...see you soon.


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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

I enjoyed your take on the job quals of POTUS.

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