Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1884-1972).

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"Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past"

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1884-1972)

When going to the ballot box to cast my vote for President of the United States, most of the time I am looking for a change. I am casting my vote for the person that I feel is going to lower my taxes; represent our Nation in a dignified manner; make the schools my children attend better equipped to teach; and make the workplace one where I am treated as an equal to other employees and not treated as a woman of color. I want my President to make my neighborhoods safer, the economy more stable, and in short make my life as a citizen under his or her leadership more comfortable. I don't think I am alone in those views. I think that when we, the American Public, essentially hire someone to the position of President, we expect that person to realize that their number one job duty is to correct the problems of the past that make the citizens of the United States feel uneasy.

The Presidents that we attribute the most success to are the ones that cured disorders of our society. Even though the ailments were not conceived during their tenure, we praise those that correct them. Victory over those issues can "make" or "break" a Presidency. Abraham Lincoln approved the Thirteenth Amendment, in an attempt to correct slavery. Lyndon Johnson tried to bring an end to poverty and injustice by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, in an attempt to correct the problem of caring for dependent children, the blind, and the aged who did not qualify for Social Security. George W.