Years ago, when little boys were asked who their heroes were, at the top of their list was the name of a president. Interestingly enough, many of the men who have occupied the oval office have been prime candidates for heroship—Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Others, who shall remain nameless here, brought more shame than honor to the office.

 

What makes a president worthy of the honor of hero consideration? I believe it has to do with character traits that are worthy of emulation—traits such as honesty, integrity, and statesmanship. With this in mind, I reach back to our country’s origins for a hero. George Washington, also known as the Father of our Country, is one I esteem as a hero. His leadership ability, his idealism, his strength of character, all contribute to this selection. I especially like some of the legend that follows his memory. Honesty even in the face of punishment is something that I try to lead my children to. The ability to coax from desperate men their best in dire circumstances is something that I try to apply in my own life.

 

As a hero,
Washington commanded the loyalty of a nation, at her birth and her early growth. He is a hero in my book.

 

Do you have a presidential hero? Who is it? Why do you choose them?

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