One mom says no way!
Guest blogger Rabbi Sherre Hirsch: I have high hopes of what my children will become when they grow up. But let them never become the president of the United States. Sure, it is the most powerful position in the free world ... but it is a terrible job, especially now. We are in two major wars, the economy is in the toilet, and most of the world hates us.
Being the president is a terrible burden. Every time a human being is killed in the war or loses a job, you are partially to blame. If it is not one thing, it is the president. Today you are loved, tomorrow you are hated. Even if my child was the most confident human being in the world, could they stand the critics day in and day out without losing a part of their sense of self?
Sure, as the president you garner a lot of adulation, but is the job really worth it for an ego boost? It seems like there are plenty of other jobs that you can get praised a lot without being under such scrutiny.
Plus it is an exhausting job. You are on 24/7. The media captures your every move. You are in the public eye when you are grieving, depressed even when you break a nail. Turns out that I am not the only mother who does not wish this job upon her offspring.
Yesterday the New York Times reported that 41 percent of mothers and fathers would want their child to grow up to be president compared to 58 percent who would not.
Any mother knows from watching Kennedy, Ford or Clinton leave office, it isn't pretty. If they make it out alive (which JFK didn't), they look wore down, spent and old. Who would wish that on their child?
Even so, I am taking my kids to the polls with me. I am excited for them to see that the democratic process is alive and well, as difficult as it may be to be a part of it.
Would you want your kid to be president?