By JAKE MOKRIS
Teen Takeover staff
To many people, the presidency is a sort of dream job. The job does have a certain allure: The president occupies the highest office in the United States, and he is one of the most important and most famous people in the country. His salary is relatively large. Almost every time elementary school students are assigned an essay on their choice for their future occupations, one of the students wants to be the president. Much commotion and discussion surrounds the election of new presidents, and the president is highly honored by all Americans.
Actually, that last sentence is not entirely true.
The president is definitely not highly honored by all Americans. Pick up a newspaper, and there is a good chance that a caricature of President Bush will be in the opinion section. People hate President Bush, and they are not silent about it. They ridicule him, despise him and call him names, and the list goes on. They blame him for both national and personal problems. Such actions are so common that an alliterative phrase has been coined to encompass them: Bush-bashing.
Why do people hate the president? No one needs to hate him. We would be wrong to hate President Bush just because he holds certain political views; to do so would be discrimination. But that seems to be the reason people hate him. Perhaps the president should accuse these detractors of committing hate crimes.
Neither can we hate the president for carrying out his views by passing or vetoing legislation; that is the president’s job. And we do not completely know the reasoning behind his decisions, for he might act on information that we are not allowed to see.
The president is not a dolt; he’s the president. Every day, President Bush handles extremely difficult situations pertaining to the war in Iraq, terrorism, immigration, the economy, natural disasters and foreign relations. He is in charge of deciding what laws will govern a nation of almost 300 million people. And these 300 million people watch his every move. How would you feel if you had to deal with all that? And how would you like to see yourself in the newspaper every morning, portrayed with pointy ears and as making stupid statements? The presidency is not an easy job, and it is not as fun as many people might think.
I do not agree with all of the president’s views and policies, but I do respect the president. He is the leader of our country, and he deserves all the respect that comes with holding that office. We should respect anyone who becomes president, whether that person is a Democrat or a Republican.
Jake Mokris is a homeschooled student and member of the Teen Takeover staff.