What makes a good president?

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This Issue is all about the race to become the next president of the United States.

You'll be learning about the two people - Donald Trump and Joe Biden - who are running to lead the United States from 2021-2024.

As the leader of the country, the US president signs new laws (that have been approved by Congress, like our Parliament). They can also veto (stop) those laws. They appoint people to help run the government and can nominate judges to sit on the Supreme Court - the highest court in the land. They can grant pardons for criminals and has the authority to send troops into combat.

The US President is also known across the world and once elected, they turn into one of the world's most famous people. They represent the United States of America and their behaviour may change how people around the world see the country. Read more about their job here.

So what makes a good president?

What skills and qualities do you think are needed to be successful in the job?


Add your comments below and support your opinions with reasons.

To challenge yourself, why not think about recent news too. Do events of 2020 make some skills more important than others?

Comments (21)

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_lime | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    02 Sep 2020

    A good president is a person who is fair treats everyone equally and makes the right decisions.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School terrific_effort | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 Sep 2020

    👍A good president is when you are fair, positive and you support your country I mean by not being racist. we are all people and we all deserve a chance👍

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    05 Sep 2020

    This is what I think on what makes a good president.

    You need to discuss and debate things well like the Coronavirus pandemic.
    You need to be over 35.
    You must of been born in America.
    You must of lived there for at least 14 years.
    You must have the power and wealth to do the job.You would be better at being president from 50-54 age, rather than at an older age. It would be easier to think because you are younger.

    That is what I thought would make a good president. Thank you Tom!

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    1. Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
      protective_dusk's comment 07 Sep 2020

      These are all things that you have to be ( except the last one ) is there anything else that you think really matters about the characteristics of a president that could change America by the way that the prisedent acts towards it??

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  • Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Sep 2020

    I think that a good U.S president should be a bold articulate leader, who has a deep knowledge of the U.S foreign policy*. It is really important that you know the history of America as it influences they're way of moving the country forwards. Donald trump has very little knowledge of the policy therefore he is treating other countries in a different way to lets say president Richard Nixon who had a deep knowledge in it.

    *The U.S foreign policy is the way that the United States acts towards other countries. The USA has a lot of power in the world for several reasons 1 being that they have 43% of the military spending's in the world which they send out to help other countries which is considered part of the policy.

    Thank you for reading.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      poetic_passionfruit's comment 07 Sep 2020

      Thank you for giving us this information, poetic_passionfruit. Can you tell us where you found the 43% statistic? And is that referring to overall military spend, or the aid to help other countries?

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  • Hammond School logo excited_banana | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Sep 2020

    A good president needs brains and need to be able to make decisions

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  • Hammond School logo insightful_clementine | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Sep 2020

    I think Biden should win , I think he can make America a good country again .

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      insightful_clementine's comment 11 Sep 2020

      Hello @insightful_clementine, can you describe Biden as a leader? What are the qualities that makes him a good leader?

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  • Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Sep 2020

    I got my stats and foreign policy information from https://kids.kiddle.co/Foriegn_policy_of_the_United_States. I use this website because it explains everything in a way that I understand. The statistics is referring to the over all military spend yet around 15% of that is used to help the other countries that are important to the USA.

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Sep 2020

    In my opinion, a good president/prime minister should have a lot of nerve about them, such as the following:
    • They should be a skilful leader and be able to make quick and just decisions (like Winston Churchill!);
    • They should consider every possible outcome of a decision or event;
    • They should have at least one degree in any subjects regarding politics;
    • They should be brave and not wait for a problem to unravel itself, but to solve it in the first place;
    • They should be quick-witted and intelligent, with a lot of brains;
    • They should have a clean criminal record, even if they get more votes. (Unless they have lawfully seen their mistakes in their actions).
    • They should be prepared for anything and help raise funds for the needy.

    I also know that the American government also has some strict recommendations for being president. These include the below:
    1. You must be over 35 years of age;
    2. The ideal president would not be too old, as age could cloud your judgement; (However, it can be that you gain more experience.)
    3. You must have been born in America, and have lived there for 14 years at the least;
    4. You (obviously) need the majority of the public's support and vote.

    However, I disagree with one of these rules. In number 3, it says that you must have been born in America. This is unfair, as the case could be that you moved to America when you were exceedingly young, and don't recall any of your time outside the continent! Number 3 also says that you must have lived there for at least 14 years old. This isn't as unjust as the first point, yet I still think that it should be narrowed down a little to maybe at least 8 years in America. The rest are reasonable, and are quite fair to my mind's eye.

    Thank you for reading my comment, and I hope to see your opinions on it in due course!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 07 Sep 2020

      Could you tell us why you have gone for the choices at the top of your comment, reflective_arctic_fox?

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Sep 2020

    They make the President a better person, good for the public, and perfect to the world. For one thing, they can set off a great example to the other world leaders throughout the world. For another, their own country and citizens would be safer, in the case of war, as they would be prepared for anything. The government will also most likely address the catastrophe such as people living on the street, and hopefully for this cause relate this to topics such as animal safety and climate change. If they eliminate a problem before it becomes a major incident then they could even save the world, instead of waiting to see the effects. A quick-minded president would respond almost instantly to events such as opposing a peace treaty, and if also they are smart, it will result in one of the best possible outcomes. They should have enough nerve because they should be able to do very gallant things in their career. With a clean criminal record, they will ensure some trust from the citizens. In class, I learnt that some presidents even were in jail, whilst dealing with political problems!
    I hope this answers your question, Tom, and thank you for helping me understand this subject a little more!

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 08 Sep 2020

      Thanks for your comment - the presidents themselves weren't in jail, bu those running to be elected have been in jail at the time.

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  • Hammond School logo warmhearted_cloud | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    A good president needs to be able to make hard decisions for the people and the future of the country and good president needs to be fair to the people and I think that Trump has the right qualities for the future of the country.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      warmhearted_cloud's comment 09 Sep 2020

      Can you think of a few examples about how Trump shows these qualities?

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  • Hammond School logo resourceful_lime | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I think a good president needs to be able to handle the power and responsibility well and they need to be aware and fair

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  • Hammond School logo valuable_vegetable | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    To be a good president, I think you need to:

    1. Be experienced
    2. Be respected by a lot of people
    3. Be rich

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      valuable_vegetable's comment 09 Sep 2020

      These are some great ideas, valuable_vegetable. Could you choose one of your points and give some reasons why you think that?

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      1. Hammond School logo valuable_vegetable | Hammond Junior School D
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 10 Sep 2020

        I think that to be a good president you must be respected by a lot of people because if you aren’t respected, then no one will listen to you. However, just because you are respected by everyone in you’re village, that doesn’t mean that the important people such as the president/government are going to listen to you strait away, even if you do have good ideas. Just because the people in you village respect you, that doesn’t mean everyone will. But it is still important to be respected by your village because then there is a high chance they will vote for you.

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