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What is the president's relationship with the armed forces?
Which president desegregated the armed forces?
Are public expectations of U.S. presidential leadership unrealistic?
It appears like the daily life of a United States President is a lot of work and intense stress, without a hugely rewarding salary, or—often—the ability to effect the changes they hoped for upon entering office. What do you think is the draw for a politician to want to be president? Do you think many presidents actually enjoy the job while doing it? Did any recent president, whom you are aware of, regret getting elected?
President Gerald Ford once worked washing dishes in a restaurant kitchen to make ends meet.
Work through the interactive online activity "President for a Day!" from The PBS Kids Democracy Project, available through the EDSITEment-reviewed resource Great American Speeches. This is a simulation of a typical day on the job as president, in which you make choices about which duties to perform. You can do this activity in small groups around a few computers, or individually at a computer, depending on your ability and access to technology (computers with Internet connections). If no Internet connection is available to use, you can go through the activity and print out all of the pages for a low-tech version.