An 'average' American will never be president

@ersmommy1 (12605)
United States
April 16, 2008 7:58am CST
So, Sen. Barack Obama he went to Columbia and Harvard. And Sen. Hillary Clinton she went to Yale? Do you actually think Sen. John McCain He went to an exclusive college the Naval Academy, and that is one of the hardest places to get into. (You can't even apply unless a member of Congress).Roland Martin says "All three candidates are well-educated, wealthy not "average" Their efforts to show that they are "just like us" are pathetic, he says But that's OK, if they advance good policies. Do you agree?
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@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
17 Apr 08
a well educated president is highly required not only for America but also for the rest of the world. being highly educated does not mean they are not like the rest of us.
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@redrover (597)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I am not sure I would want an average man in the white House. I think we should have well educated trained people there. And most people like this have gotten that way because their parents had the money to send them to the good schools. I do wish they understood the plight of the average person better.
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• United States
16 Apr 08
I completely agree with the title of this discussion. An "average" American will never be President. We just don't have the money to buy the votes necessary to get into office. However, I am voting for John McCain for a few reasons. Number 1: He's not Hilary Clinton. Number 2: He's not Barack Obama. Number 3: I like his policies about bringing gas prices down. Just to name a few. Advancing good policies is a great idea to get a candidate into office. However, I have seen very few "good" policies, and almost no "great" ones. Politicians are not, and never will be, "just like us". They have too much money, not enough sense, and they are too far removed from how the working classes truly live. John McCain is the first candidate I have seen who even addressed the immediate issues such as gasoline prices. This really impressed me, because in these times where we can barely afford to feed our families after we put gas in the car to get back to work to make more money to feed into the gas tank, who really cares about Hilary's bad healthcare policies? Maybe after the Pentagon stops paying $30,000 for a single mini-fridge to go in each office, and our soldiers have the proper armor and equipment they need... Or maybe after gas prices come down, bringing the grocery prices down with it, and I can afford to go to work and still feed my family... Just maybe... Or maybe not.
• United States
16 Apr 08
Personally, I would love to see an average man in office. Jesus was born in the basest of places, and look who he turned out to be. If an average man were to be voted into office, I don't think we'd be in half the messes we're in now. An "average" man wouldn't be so far removed from everything and everyone else that he'd forget who put him in that office in the first place. I think an average person, well, you get the picture.
• United States
17 Apr 08
I would like to see a candidate who came from average, middle class America. As long as this person proved to be competent and proved that he or she cared deeply about the issues that middle class America cares about, I would certainly vote for them. It's sad that America puts so much value in money that someone who may be more than qualified to run the United States of America can't because he or she doesn't have enough money to run the kind of campaign needed to win. What is that teaching our children? Well, sure technically you can be the president as long as you have oodles of money to support you. I honestly believe that we won't have a president that makes a big impact or change in America until we allow someone who understands the plight of the majority of American people. Just because you don't have money doesn't mean you aren't intelligent or couldn't get into a good college. To say that we should only let someone be president who got into a good ivy league school because of money is deeply discouraging because it just shows how much importance we place on appearance.
@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I think that is awful because I do think the average American could probably do alot better job than what the wealthy ones do. The average American knows how the rest of us feel and they know exactly what we go through in our lives. I just wish someone would get elected that truly cared for us and done something about it.
@rlc456 (415)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Yes, I do agree.
• United States
16 Apr 08
I agree that an Average American will never be President. However, even if someone comes from a normal middle class background, I'd like them to be exceptionally charismatic or intelligent. Being charismatic and intelligent should allow them to get into better schools or win scholarships. So, I'm guessing they will seem to have a prestigious background, too, by the time they are running for President.
• United States
16 Apr 08
I do agree, for the simple fact that Americans would never vote an average person into office. We have always held the President as someone that was above us, smarter than us, and able to take care of the nation because of his/her intellect. If there was a person that was of average education and stature, we wouldn't vote that person into office because he/she would be viewed as incapable of running the nation.