A leader is here to "lead" his/her people, not join them. It is not thier place to fight the war, but only to lead it and keep the generals in check. Past presidents gained honor and prestige throug battle BEFORE becoming president, it was the only way to get the votes. Now we just listen to speeches and polotical views, which is why we can't seem to choose the presidents as well as we used to, back when honor through battl was the only way to the office. Of coarse we see presidents that were excellent generals, but terrible presidents (i.e. President Grant - general in the civil war).