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Readers' forum: Presidential expectations

Published: Monday, Jan. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, greets fellow candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., prior to the start the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., Monday, July 4, 2011.

Jim Cole, Associated Press

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Imagine yourself with an endless list of formidable tasks, and a time frame of four years to check off that list. Now add to the mix a requirement to consult with a team of roughly 600 individuals before being able to take action on many of those tasks. Furthermore, assume that those 600 persons are accountable to a grand total of 313 million other individuals.

This is a gross oversimplification of the work cut out for a president of the United States. To our beloved Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney, as well as the other 2012 hopefuls that make headlines outside of Utah, I say, "Good luck." I am confident you will keep all your campaign promises, particularly since Washington exudes such masterful team effort.

I am confident you will return our nation to a glorious land. Do we revere our president as some kind of deliverer, some kind of mortal god? Or do we recognize that he or she is simply one cog or crankshaft in a hybrid vehicle called "We the people?"

Ben Watkins

Murray

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