What Makes a Good President?

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Although a good president is somewhat subjective, most people will agree that a good president is someone who takes quick action whenever problems threaten the nation, addresses key issues using his or her platform, communicates often and honestly with the people, is intelligent, is knowledgeable about government and has a strong character. It is also important that the president has had experience working within government, which is a rule for anyone who wishes to run for president of the United States.

When people run for president, they must exhibit themselves and their beliefs for the public and for their individual parties. Presidential candidates will need to express what they plan to do about health care, education and crime. They will also need to pay attention to current issues plaguing the nation and put forth their various plans to combat the issues.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States from 1933 to 1945. He is considered one of the greatest presidents because he was able to successfully lead the United States through two large crises: the Great Depression in the 1930s, and World War II in the 1940s. Roosevelt used what was called the "bully pulpit" to build his power, influencing the public and lawmakers to allow his policies and ideas.