Kids on What Makes a Good President

Kids on What Makes a Good President


The Perfect President

Being president of the United States is a very difficult job. I believe you have to have a lot of good skills to be able to do it, like being a leader, determined, modern, cooperating, kind and sly. A president needs to be a good leader because if they can’t lead the country, no one will make changes and the country will eventually go into chaos. If they are not a leader they won’t convince people. 

If a president is not determined he won’t follow through with changes or make risky decisions. They could get us to lose a war! 

If a president is not modern they won’t know new technology, which in a war could make our country lose. Like still using Windows XP while the enemy has bomber drones. 

If the president is not cooperating then he won’t make anything change. If nothing changes their country might be vulnerable. If the president is not kind then he might get the country in a war. If they aren’t sly they could reveal information to the enemy and lose our codes. 

Bernie Sanders would make a great president because of his good attributes and skills. He is determined to get better healthcare because “healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege.” Bernie Sanders is clever because he wants to spend $1 trillion fixing bridges and giving people jobs. 

He is caring because “if you are not prepared to take care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country who came back wounded in body, wounded in spirit, if you are not prepared to help those people then don’t send them into war in the first place.” 

Donald Trump would make a horrible president because he has bad attributes and skills. He is evil for trying to make Mexicans build a wall to keep other Mexicans out of America. He is racist because he said, “when Mexico sends people, they’re not sending their best, they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re bringing rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” He is narcissistic because he said, “I am proud of my net worth; I’ve done an amazing job. The total is $8,737,540,000. I’m not saying that to brag, because you know what, I don’t have to.”




I am a seventh grade teacher in Alameda. When I assigned them an essay about “What qualities should the president of the United States have?” I was shocked when we brainstormed what qualities they thought would be good. 

Good liar and sly came up, along with the more expected qualities like leadership, decisiveness, and determination. Then I asked them to come up with two candidates and write about if the candidates possessed the qualities they wanted.

I hope you can print some or part of their essays. Your readers will find out about what young people are hearing, reading and thinking about the election. 
— Juliann Chang