Why would anyone want to run for president?

During the past year, approximately what? 649 candidates from the Republican side have declared their intentions to seek the office of the U.S. president in 2016 as well as several from the Democratic side. In addition, there are many independent and minor party candidates to further add to the collection. Of those many candidates, one name will not and never surface as a candidate for the presidency of the United States. That would be the author of this blog. I simply cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would ever want to be the president of the United States.

For starters, the pay of the president is rather ridiculously low compared to other prominent positions of power. A CEO of a major company makes millions of dollars a year and the president of the United States makes a paltry 400,000 dollars a year. You could argue that the president has the most responsible and hardest job in the entire world, yet he or maybe she one day is paid peanuts compared to what many CEO’s of the world are paid. The decisions of these CEO’s affect only a fraction of the people compared to the president. But the president is paid far less. Something is not right here! The president is well taken care of financially after he leaves office and that is true. Many CEO’s are as well after they retire with their golden parachutes. I might be wrong, but I believe with all things considered, the office of the U.S. president is one of the most underpaid positions in the world.

Imagine a position where ever decision you make is heavily scrutinized. Would you enjoy that type of job? Suppose everyday you show up for work and have the company second guess the decisions you make (kind of sounds like my job at times!!). I think after a while, it would really wear on a person. You turn in a report only to be called into a meeting to explain why the did the report a certain way. And this happens everyday! A president has to constantly fight with opposition to get things done. In your mind, the proposal you just recently thought of is the best thing ever since sliced bread. It will save the company millions of dollars. However, that brilliant proposal in your mind is a real dud in the minds of many others in your company. How frustrating would it be to deal with that everyday? No wonder many presidents accumulate a lot of gray hair after just a few years in office! You have to have very thick skin to run for the office, something that I and many others lack.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I value my life and my loved ones. Being under constant protection 24/7 is not the way that I would want to live my life. We as normal people are not aware of the many threats to a president’s life. I would not want to go out in public with the threat of being shot at any moment be on my mind. How would you like to have a job where you are constantly at a threat to be assassinated? Furthermore, their families are also at risk. There are very few jobs out there that involve that type of danger to an individual. Of all the lousy things that a president has to go through, this might be the worst thing of being a president. I don’t want a job where my life is in constant danger.

It really takes a very special person to even consider running for that position. Only a handful of people in the world could do it. I very rarely agree with the president on many of his policies. But I have a great deal of respect for the office of the presidency and what they have to go through on a daily basis. And all for a somewhat meager salary!! It is one job that I would never want!

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