Objects in Mirror

What qualifications would your presidential candidate possess?

Posted at 3:56 PM on June 5, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

This isn't at the top of News Cut, but the comments keep coming in and I'd like to see more. Bob Collins posts the question that must be answered:

"When it comes to picking the person who might well be the next president of the United States, what are the qualifications?"

Collins posits that the question is actually about Minnesota's Gov. Pawlenty, but I've read some really interesting open comments about qualities people would like to see in any president, like this one:

Qualifications for President (I'm not thinking of any one candidate specifically, just the "ideal" candidate):

-intelligence
-the ability to see more than one point of view
-the good sense to listen to advisors and rivals even when you disagree with them
-vision and the habit of thinking long-term
-the ability to inspire, energize, and motivate people
-common sense
-good communication skills
-the ability to work with diverse people
-a record of fact-based (as opposed to opinion- or ideology-based) decision making
-pure strength of character and grit
-level-headedness
-and of course, a deep and nuanced understanding of the issues that affect our nation and policies that may help to deal with those issues.

Posted by Susan W-B

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