George Washington, a famous war general, was elected as the first president of The United States. ALthough George Washington was mutually respected as a good man by most colonists at the time, was he the most ideal for president? There is no denying that he was an extremely kind person, but did he possess the necessary characteristics needed to make a good leader? There is no doubt that he represented the fundamental beliefs of America in that he made sure not to act as a ruler, but simply a guider for the people, but I’m not sure he was the most suited for the job. A very strong militia men with great strategies and a brilliant mind for conquering opponents, but perhaps not the most educated in politics. Even when he was the face of the federalist faction, Hamilton was really the brains of the operation. Hamilton was the one coming up with the ideas. George Washington was more like a pretty face, but someone with more than a good personality would have been more suited for the role of president. I think it is important to recognize that a good ruler does not need to be a good person, only influential and strong enough to organize his/her people. While people like Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler are regarded as some evil men, they cannot be considered bad leaders. Hitler, was a man who did some very bad things, but he managed to persuade almost an entire country into believing his ideas were right, and he was very close to succeeding. He must have done something right to gain so man followers and come so close to success. Some people might go as far to say that a kind person would be too weak to fill a position of leadership, in fact you need someone who can’t be so easily persuaded to act in charge. A leader must be influential not influenced, or else he will just become a pushover, and someone who gets walked all over is not some one meant to be ruling. Do you think that george Washington was just a good person, or was he also a good leader? Do you think that a bad person can be a good leader? Is it possible to be a good leader and a good person and avoid being a pushover? I encourage you all to think about this when voting for any leader; the president (in further years) or even any of our own student government leaders(Not saying that any current people in student sovernment are bad leaders or bad people though).