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What We Look For In A President

Mary Laney 22 September 2007 No Comment

What do you want in a President? What’s the number one thing you look for?

We’re watching the Presidential candidates campaign for our votes these days.

We’re watching them debate, make promises, define themselves on issues – and, if we’re true political junkies, we follow everything they say and do. After all, they want to become the leader of this great nation. They’re jockeying for the post powerful position in the world.

We’re hearing promises of free health care, better housing, better access to higher education, an end to the war and a return of the troops – as well as support of the troops and victory in the war.

But what is the one issue that will get your vote? What is the ultimate thing that will make you push the button and vote for a candidate?

It’s not any of the issues the candidates are talking about or promising to do.

The number one quality voters look for in a candidate is leadership. We all want a President who can stand up, in the face of extreme adversity, and lead this nation.

To possess leadership, we need a President who has a record of leadership – someone who has headed a state or a city or a company successfully and against all odds; after all, the presidency of the United States should not be held by someone who is learning on the job.

We have candidates who are proven leaders. In the months ahead we’ll make up our minds on them. But we now have a candidate who has proven to cower under pressure. I refer to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

When the vote was taken in the Senate – to condemn the ugly MoveOn.org ad, which referred to General Petraeus as Betray Us – she blinked. She voted against condemning the ad. She needs the financial support of that far left wing group and succumbed to its pressure.

She had already been forced to return – in the largest political giveback in history – the hundreds of thousands of dollars she had been given by Mr. Hsu, a mysterious man who was under indictment and is now in custody. Maybe it was the thought of losing even more money for her campaign that pressured her to refrain from criticizing Move On. But doing the wrong thing for money – anyway you look at it – isn’t strength.

When the vote was taken she blinked. And in that moment she showed me she lacks the leadership, the steely resolve needed to run this nation. If she can bow to pressure – merely for money — from a group of left wing anti-religion, anti-family values, anti-military enemy appeasers, could she face the real pressures of the Presidency and lead this nation in the right direction? It should make you more than wonder.


Mary Laney is a prize-winning journalist and Emmy awardee; she has been a television news anchor, a “Sun-Times” columnist and is a regular commentator for The Chicago Daily Observer as well as a member of its editorial board.

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