What should we look for in a president of the United States?

What’s the key characteristic of a presidential candidate that deserves your vote.  In recent years, here are a couple of the common answers I’ve heard from news media as the way many, if not most, people think.

“I want a president who will create jobs.”  –  Bad answer.  The only jobs a president can create are government jobs…and he has to raise taxes or else borrow money to do that.

“I want a president who cares about people like me.”  –  Unless by “people like me” you mean “citizens of the United States” you’re asking the president to be partial to a particular group of Americans.  If he’s going to be the president of all Americans, he needs to care about all Americans – not just the ones like you.

Here’s the oath that a president takes upon entering the office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Shouldn’t we therefore choose as president the person we think will do the best job of keeping that oath?

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