why people become presidentwhy do people become president?they dont do it for the money.is it the power?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Being president is not easy. Although there is plenty of power and glory, there is also a lot of stress and even danger. You are a target for everyone. You have to solve everyone's problems, and you are blamed for everything that goes wrong. So people who run for president must really want to make a difference.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Obama just spent over $600 million to become President of the US, a job that pays $400,000 per year.  It has to be about something else, right?  I think some of it is a genuine desire for public service.  Some of it is the attraction of power that the office contains, and some of it is the agenda of conservative or liberal viewpoints that a person wants to achieve.  A combination of all of these is most likely.

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fernholz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I think that people want to become president for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons include money, power, and fame. The president doesn't quite make as much as a movie star, and maybe not even as much as an athlete. Their job has many roles. Obviously if someone weren't in politics already we might question their motives. One person might want to become president for the money, while the next person might want to have power. I tend to vote for presidential candidates who want to use their power to make a positive change to our country. Another reason someone might want to become president is for the fame. One of the ways to become powerful is through fame. Those people who are famous can easily influence others to change. These are only some of the reasons someone might want to become president. You may have your own opinions and it all has to do with the individual.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There has been a study on this from the university of Pennsylvania. The study was conducted by Martin Seligman (?) and the book is called "Learned Optimism." The basic thesis of the book is that optimistic people generally inspire people. Hence, the more optimistic a person is the more likely that person will be elected into office. The author of the book has predicted with good accuracy who would win elections, based on his thesis. In the end, this approach is not airtight, but it does offer an answer.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I agree it is impossible to know. But I suspect most people get involved at the community level out of a desire to make things better. It probably takes on a life of its own for the people who are good at running for office and in getting others to believe in them.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think this is impossible to know.  I doubt the people themselves actually know.  I know that I have decided to do things without really knowing for sure if I am doing them for selfish reasons or not.

You're right that it can't be the money.  I imagine that it has to be one or more of the following: power, fame, desire to help improve the country/world.  But what mix for each person?  I doubt they know and I don't see how we could.


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archteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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This might be overly optimistic, but I really think that most people who put themselves up as candidates have a genuine desire to improve the way the country works.  There are lots of power positions that don't carry the headaches or the responsibility of the presidency.  Mind you, this doesn't mean that every presidential candidate is right for the job.  It just means they have good intentions.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I believe politics and presidency are both profession like any other profession like that of engineers, physicians, or accountants. In general must follow some profession or the other to to give a purpose to their life as well as to earn their livelihood.

People choose and succeed in a particular profession based on several factors. These include things like interest, aptitudes and skills, and opportunities. I do not think that all presidents in general are more concerned about welfare of their country or people, any more than a public spirited person in any other person.

People become presidents because they have a basic desire to work in the area of politics, plus they have basic aptitude and skill to get ahead in this field. As a result of their interest they get into politics. and  their aptitude and skills, they develop better skill of politicians and get ahead in their political hierarchy. Over a period they see the possibility of reaching the highest post of presidency, and aspire for it. With aspiration comes efforts, and with a combination of ability and luck they succeed in their efforts.