“To be president of the United States, you have to want it more than anything else in the world, and I don’t.”
By Art Gallagher
Is that true?
Did Ronald Reagan want to be president more than anything else in the world? Did Eisenhower or Truman? Did Lincoln want it more than anything?
Clinton did. Nixon did. The Roosevelts sure seemed to want it badly.
Did George W. Bush want it more than Al Gore did?
Is burning ambition the determining factor of who becomes president? In good times it probably is. In times of crisis, the presidency is not an ambition. It becomes a duty. A sacrifice for a transformative leader.
I believe Governor Christie when he says he will not be a candidate for president in 2012. I don’t think he would leave his work in New Jersey half done. I think he really believes in the work that he his doing now, especially in regard to education, is a higher calling. By transforming state government and education, and setting an example for other states to follow, he can make a more powerful impact on the quality life in our nation than many presidents have.
Chris Christie could probably win the 2012 Republican nomination for president. He could probably win the office. If his ambitions were personal, he would probably do it.