For all their lies and unscrupulous behavior, politicians have one thing going for them:
They can give kick-ass speeches and are quick on their feet during interviews and debates.
Some of the questions asked of the candidates are pretty tough, and with good reason. We want to elect the person who's best suited to be commander-in-chief.
And when asked to address criticisms leveled at them, they sure as hell better have a good, quick answer. In order to do this, they have to demonstrate a firm understanding of the Constitution, not to mention deep knowledge of laws, policies, and their opponents' positions. Their experience in law and public office have no doubt prepared them for the national spotlight.
They're also expected to project confidence before a live audience and with millions more tuning in via television, radio, and the internet. Needless to say, the whole world is scrutinizing your every word.
As much as we may disagree with what these people have to say, they at least deserve credit for their willingness to be in the hot seat 24/7. It's not easy to remain cool under pressure, even though they make it seem that way.
Someone who's clearly mastered the art of communication is Barack Obama, whose soaring rhetoric propelled him to victory in 2008 and 2012. Donald Trump, though certainly not as eloquent as Obama, is similarly capitalizing on his charisma and the American public's hunger for change to draw massive audiences.
But words mean little unless a candidate has the substance to back it up, and all of the candidates ave faced their share of criticism. In the end, I sincerely hope America makes the right choice.