President Obama providedÂ a pretty basicÂ answerÂ when he recently took this question from NPR News
TheÂ response: “I might just ask somebody, why do you want to do this?”
Obama Â told NPR in aÂ taped interview broadcast MondayÂ that candidates should not seek the presidency “just because you like the title or you like the trappings or you like the power or the fame or the celebrity.Â That side of it wears off pretty quick. At least it has for me.”
Instead, Obama said, prospectiveÂ presidents should truly love the United States, “and have a very clear vision and idea of what it is that you want to do to help make this country work even better.”
In extending his answer, Obama said:
“I don’t think this country works best on fear. I don’t think this country works best on hate. I don’t think this country works best on cynicism. I think this country works best on community and hope and optimism and dynamism and change.
“If you are aspiring to this job then you need to ask yourself some very serious questions about why you’re doing it because that’s what’s going to keep you going on those days that things aren’t going so well.”