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James Polk

by Catie Seibel '13

It would be simple, mindless, even, to choose a Career president, one who obviously demonstrated military capabilities or a ruthless character.  But what did Katniss' endeavors teach us about the power of the underdog, the dangers of arrogance, and the importance of skills other than physical strength?  

The first true "dark horse," James Polk, rose from humble beginnings to expand the territory of the United States and claim victory in the Mexican-American War.  No other president embodies Katniss' spirit so clearly, and would pose such a surprise threat in the Hunger Games, as James Polk.

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