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If you could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, who would you pick, and why?

Teen Board Monthly Question

If you could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, who would you pick, and why?

Though it’s a whole year until we elect a new president, you can’t go a day in the news without hearing something about one of the candidates! In honor of Election Day, which falls on the first Tuesday of November each year, we want to know --- if you could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, who would you pick, and why?

A president should be an intelligent person with a vested interest in preserving the good in the world. And who better to do that than Hermione Granger [from Harry Potter]? She is brilliant and clever. However, most importantly, she is not perfect. She is a human being who makes mistakes and has to deal with them. A president should, in my opinion, be able to admit his or her mistakes and not be afraid to do so. This helps them connect with the people, which in turn helps improve the public's opinion about him/her. --- Pranshu A.

If I could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, I would most definitely choose Silas from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. Silas would be my go-to POTUS because he is such a clever, charming and intelligent man. Since he's lived so long, he knows the mistakes countries have made and he would know what to avoid during his term. Not to mention, he's dealt with so many different types of people (and beings) that he surely knows how to play a crowd and get people on his side. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Silas would make an excellent president. --- Linnea P.

If I could choose any book character to be President of the United States, I would choose Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games series. I think he would make an amazing president because he is smart, strong-willed, an excellent public speaker and genuinely kind and selfless enough that he could easily win public support. --- Chris C.

If I had to elect a book character to be the next president, I would elect Liam Stewart from the Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. Not only is he a very likeable character, but he's very kind and thoughtful. He is always considerate of everyone, so I think he would try to figure out the best choice for the entire country. --- Brynn S.

If I could choose any book character to be president of the United States, I'd have to choose Anden Stravropoulos from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Anden is a very wise leader and wants to make America a better place than the way his father (the previous leader) left it. He wants to end the war between the two American nations, the Republic of America and the Colonies of America, and make the country as a whole prosperous again, rather than having one side more supreme than the other. --- Asia H.

I would want a president who would represent our interests in the best way possible and who would handle problems our nation faces in an effective manner. Interestingly enough, I would want to have Count Olaf [from A Series of Unfortunate Events] as our commander-in-chief because of his knack for always getting his way. As he is full of skill, deception and luck, I feel like he would be an ideal fit for this position. --- Ariel G.

If I could choose any book character to be President of the United States, I would elect Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. He is wise, kind and collected under pressure, and having already exemplified excellent leadership at the ever-hectic Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I have no doubt that he would be up to the task of running a muggle nation! (Yes, it’s true that his lack of U.S. citizenship, amongst other things I won’t name for sentimentality and spoilers’ sake, would make him ineligible, but let a die-hard Dumbledore fan dream!) --- Laura T.

If I could choose any book character to be president, I would choose Jay Gatsby from THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Even though Gatsby doesn't always make the best choices, he has the vision necessary to lead the country. His forever hopeful attitude would benefit the people and would help facilitate positive interactions with foreign countries. He would also throw glamorous and scandalous parties at the White House that would be fascinating to follow in the tabloids. --- Janine C.

Who would I elect as the bookish President of the United States? The options are endless! I'm going to go classic, though (modern classic, that is) and nominate Katniss Everdeen [from The Hunger Games] for the honor. While Panem may have ultimately decided that Katniss was not the best choice to heal their wounded nation, I think the U.S. could benefit from her leadership in many respects. For one, she's proven she can make tough choices in a stride, and will always look at multiple perspectives whilst deciding on a major choice. The position of president bears much responsibility though, far too much for one person to take on their own, but if nothing else, she will always have a built in support system with Peeta, Gale and Haymitch as fellow advisors. Katniss has overcome much adversity and endured many hardships that she is still recovering from, but in due time, I believe she would become a valuable asset to our country's success.--- Megan B.

If I could pick a character to be the President of the United States, I would probably choose Atticus Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He would probably be very well liked today for his integrity and kindness. Throughout the novel, he was by far the most compassionate character and stood up for what he believed in even if it outraged his community. --- Rachel D.

For president, I would vote for Celaena from the Throne of Glass series! She's smart, knows how to deal with people and doesn't take no for an answer. But we'd also need a great vice president, and I can't help but imagine Percy Jackson [from Percy Jackson & the Olympians] as the sassiest VP that was ever in office. The two of them would make a great pair. --- Isabel C.

I would choose Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because she wouldn't take any crap from anyone, she is tough as nails and she would be a fantastic role model. Reagan would make the hard decisions no one else wants to make without even thinking about it. Plus, she (sort of) shares a name with former president, Ronald Reagan, which doesn't really help my argument, but hey, it can't hurt it, either. --- Bryn D.

I would obviously choose Hermione Granger [from Harry Potter]. No woman has been president so far, so it would be ideal for Hermione to break the gender barrier. At this point, Hermione would have aged enough to have enough wisdom and experience leading others. She is extremely intelligent and capable, especially with her magical abilities (Expelliarmus). Therefore, the United States would benefit from her wizardry, such as her time turner, in the pursuit to accomplish world peace. After all, she did help take down Lord Voldemort, so would we expect nothing but the best if Hermione Granger were president! --- Yasemin B.

I would choose Four from the Divergent series because his leadership experience, as well as good amount of compassion and technological prowess, would allow him to lead effectively. --- Maggie D.

If I could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, I would pick Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games series. He shows his courage and strength in CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY. Despite his young age, Finnick has experience with difficult situations. In fact, he proves to be the voice of reason throughout the last two books, so one can be assured that he would help the country succeed. As he directs his group of allies in CATCHING FIRE and makes sacrifices to help his mentor, Mags, stay alive, Finnick clearly demonstrates his ability to lead. --- Juliette G.

When I tap into my mental category of characters that are “smarts” and “good leaders”, I think of Sloane from THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Sloane is amazing with facts and statistics and uses logic throughout everything. To be president, it’s not just being smart --- it’s being a good leader. In THE NATURALS, it is clear that Sloane would be a perfect candidate. Let’s just say if she were to run for the 2016 elections, I know who I would vote for. --- Hafsah K.

If I could choose any book character to be president, I would choose Maxon from The Selection series. I would choose him because he was raised to be a king and would therefore have an idea of how a country needs to run. Secondly, he would care about the people he governed! --- Kate F.

If I could choose a book character to be the President of the United States, I think I’d choose Arya of the Inheritance Cycle. She’s very selfless and since she’s lived for so long, she contains much wisdom. She may not even want the position, but I’d still choose her because she cares for her country more than she does for personal matters. --- Alyssa L.

I would elect Dumbledore [from Harry Potter] as President of the United States because I believe that he would teach the citizens of this county to be kinder and more respectful to one another. --- Aliza M.

If I could choose any book character to be president, I would definitely choose Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. She has shown so many leadership skills by organizing and guiding all of the people against the Capitol, so I think she would make the perfect president. --- Maggie L.

I want Crowley Meratyn from the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan as president. First, he has a great sense of humor and a noble sense of right versus wrong, not to mention a bit of a temper to go with his red hair! He would make an amazing president since he is intelligent as well as kind and caring, as most Rangers are deep down. Of course, he would also have Lady Pauline with him for guidance along the way as Head of Diplomatic Services, and definitely Halt, one of his oldest friends, to head up the FBI. --- Cat S.I would want Chubs from the Darkest Minds Trilogy. He would bring a unique view to politics because he is very real with everyone. Chubs wouldn't be afraid to tell people when they are wrong and he would fight for what he believes in. He is also telekinetic, which is a big plus. Grace P.

I would choose Maxon from THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass because he is already a king, and although he may have faults, he is a very effective, experienced, ruler. Also, he would have a cabinet helping him make his decisions, so he would be able to make better, more effective decisions for the country. Because he was so willing to listen to others in the book, he definitely wouldn't try to bring America away from a democracy. --- Harleen K.