Nelson Mandela

Which political leader do you admire most?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 June, 2006, 12:00am

Kate Barnard, 15

I don't know that much about politics. I know of each political leader, of course, but I don't know what makes them unique. I admire all political leaders as they have to be incredibly smart and able to deal with high stress. Margaret Thatcher was an outstanding politician because she must have had great strength to become the first female leader. It's always hard to be the first at anything, especially if all around the world men dominate politics.

Leslie Chen, 15

Franklin D. Roosevelt. Throughout his four terms in office, he dealt with some of America's greatest tragedies. Yet, he used every moment to bring about peace and revive the American dream. After the tragic events of Pearl Harbour and the Great Depression, he responded in a way that united and encouraged his country. He always kept the welfare of the American people as his number one priority and embraced freedom, prosperity, and peace. His influence on American history was so outstanding that many have ranked him as the president who has made the greatest impact on the world.

Sangita Rai, 17

I have a lot of respect for Nelson Mandela, who was a leader in the fight against South Africa's apartheid policy. He not only gave a voice to Africans but also liberated them from racial discrimination, where even second-class status was denied to them. He was imprisoned for 27 years and then became president of South Africa in 1994. He has received more than 100 awards over four decades.