The President: Leadership in the White House, The Face Behind a Country
No man will make a great leader that wants to do it all himself
or get all the credit for doing it.
~ Andrew Carnegie
The White House is the center of the world. It is the Rome of Caesar and the Egypt of the Pharaohs. The American President is one of the most powerful -if not the most powerful- people in the world. The responsibility of being President is outlined in the articles for the job description. Each President has a different persona. Each President makes the citizens of America feel a certain way. Each President leaves a legacy that history will remember. This is done because the President shapes public opinion and represents the people of America while leading our great nation during the most challenging times. It is to our President that we look to for guidance, authenticity, trustworthiness, wisdom, honor, and comfort.
It is not stated how the US President should value American citizens. I don’t think it is a written requirement that a President must value part or all of the American People. It is obvious through his or her governance how a President feels about the American people. The feelings are communicated through words, actions, recommended legislation, and direct statements. The thing that I am sure of is that when a president is elected to office, the person represents the hopes and dreams of the people who cast their votes for that person to give them the great honor of being the President of the United States. The role of President is not awarded by way of a successful interview, by recommendation from the Good-Old-Boy network, or by birthright, but by democracy. The person is entrusted with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Are we moving from creed-against-creed to Democrat-against-Republican headed towards brother-against-brother? Abraham Lincoln addressed an audience and said what the responsibility of each president is now and will forever be — that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
November 19, 1863