The Prestige of the Presidency

Chase Jennings is a Media Coordinator at Family Research Council. This article appeared on, April 13, 2014.

By 1869 Americans had completed construction of a transcontinental railroad, which spanned nearly 2,000 miles. In 1903, America's Wright brothers flew the first powered air craft in world history. By 1969, United States citizens had walked on the moon. If all you knew of America was her citizens' accomplishments, it would be enough. They speak for themselves.

American statesmen have left such phrases as "a day that will live in infamy," "ask not what your country can do for you" and "a shining city upon a hill" ringing in their compatriots' ears, and for good reason. No nation in the history of the world has accomplished what America has. It is part of what makes America a world leader.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Due to a lack of strong leadership at home, America's place in the world is slipping. As President of the United States, Barack Obama is literally the most powerful man alive. That's not a theory; it's a fact. But he does not act like it. The office of the presidency is worth great respect, but our president seems detached from it. He certainly does not garner the respect, peppered with a little fear, which should be due to an American president.

President Obama recently defended his appearance on Zack Galifianakis' comedy show "Between Two Ferns" by claiming that President Lincoln would have done the interview. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered presidents in our history, so the idea that he would go online (this interview was not on cable) with a man who has made some of the crudest movies in American history is doubtful to say the least.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin is illegally annexing a part of Ukraine, President Obama is on television explaining to the country why he chose Michigan State to win the NCAA college basketball national championship or joining Ellen Degeneres on her talk show in hopes young people will sign up for his signature law. Priorities? I understand the "new-age" of technology, but really? Could you look more out of touch with the harsh realities the world faces today?

Instead of leading, President Obama has continually pushed partisanship, and spouted talking points that have led to the biggest lie of last year, and an investigation of the IRS for playing politics.

Sadly, I fear this is all lost on many voters in my generation. I fear that Millennials look for the wrong qualities in a president. Words like, "cool" and "swag" shouldn't come to mind when deciding who you will vote for. We should be looking at what qualifies the person for the position of president: that person's character, leadership, integrity, experience and so on. These matter more than being cool. And these are not lost to history: They lead to actions of true importance - ones that will be remembered for generations to come.