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How Did George Washington's travels help him when he became president?

A good president needs to be a good leader. George Washington's experiences traveling around the colonies, the frontier, and, later, the new nation helped him become a strong leader.

Senator Kaine on Washington's Leadership

Watch this clip of Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia discussing George Washington as a role model for leadership. Think about what leadership means to you.

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What kinds of places do presidents—or people who want to be president—travel to today?

Tap the cards to read about places each president visited.

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at a ceremonial welcoming tea in Saudi Arabia.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks with diners at a restaurant during a campaign stop in Orlando, Florida.

President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush gives a speech in front of service members at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq.

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton reads a book to third- and fourth-grade students at a school in Owensboro, Kentucky.