What advice would you give President Obama for his first day (well, second first day) in office?
We asked a group of Huffman High seniors, students in Paul Hoome’s government class, to tell us what they’d counsel the POTUS if they had his ear. Here’s what they said:
“My best advice for the president on Day 1 is to do whatever they said they were going to do. What I mean by that is that whatever our president said they would do, they should start on doing it. We don’t need another President Bush in office, that’s for sure. If you promise to do something, you should do it instead of waiting.
“Our president needs to do what is in the best interest of the entire nation instead of what’s best for them and their family. On Day 1, our president should be ready to tell us how he plans to run our country for his four years. He should start off by describing what he will do for our schools and students by giving grants and financial aid.
“Another thing he should do is devise a plan to not get the country back into debt. Whoever wins will get my support no matter what, but it would be good that we get a president who knows how to run the country the right way.”
“No matter who wins the election the best advice I would give is don’t be like the last 43. In order to be better than the last you will have to come with your A-game. Your first day should be the best day.
“Write down a list of what you proposed to the people, and make it your business to complete all of your tasks in the next four years. If there is no way that you can follow through with your plans, man up and tell the people. You have high expectations that you need to follow through with. If by chance you lied on certain things that you know that will hurt us as a nation, it won’t only hurt us…it’s going to scare us.
“Another great piece of advice is to stay true to your word. On the first day think about all the things that are going to help the younger graduating generation, my generation. We are the up and coming future and if financial aid and the Pell Grant will help fund our future, it’s not fair if the free money for our education is taken away. It’s kind of like being deprived, deprived of everything many have died for. My advice is to do what’s right or we’ll all suffer one way or another.”
“If I were to give advice to the president on the first day in office, I would advise him to do things that will help the middle class as well as the upper class. I would advise him to not change things unless it’s for the better good of the people. I would also advise him to make it some way easier to get a college education for the middle class as well as assure them of a job after graduation.”
“Advice I would give the winner of the election on his first day of office is to think about the people’s needs. Don’t be so rushed and hasty about the decisions you make concerning the people and this country. I would give them the advice of not thinking what YOU think is best, but rather what’s best for the people and the country.
“We the people make up this country and expect our president to help out the country with critical things that affect us, such as jobs, support care and education. I would say just know whatever decisions you make are vital.…Think smart and not too reckless.”
“Whoever becomes president, they need to do everything that they promised to do. They should keep everything in order from health, education, jobs, and the economy. We don’t want things to end up like they were back in ’08. We are just now getting back on track. To whoever the new president is, please keep your word and stand by it.”
“As we all know, being a ‘great’ president is important. Not only to the next President of the United States, but to us citizens and country as a whole.
“Therefore, if I had the chance to give advice to our President on day 1, I would encourage him to do what is right, and by right, I mean what he considers right according to his values and morals. I would also remind him of the importance of his position, and the impact his actions can have on our nation as a whole.
“As a student, I know the importance of financial aid, government aid and any other grants that government provides for future college students. Therefore I would make him aware of the significance of our education. After all, we are America’s future.”