April 9th, 2008
10:03 PM ET

Dream Job

The position of president isn't the highest-paying job in the country, but it's probably the most stressful.  Ever notice how much presidents, particularly two-term presidents, age while they're in office?  Even jaunts to Camp David are often working vacations, and, just like what we do at CNN, the president's always needed when there's breaking news.

I love what I do, but as a kid, I never thought I'd be a news anchor.  I remember saying I wanted to be a pilot (something I'd still like to be in my spare time), a fireman, a dentist, and, at one point, a milkman (don't ask).  But Thursday's report on the president's salary and the opportunities a commander-in-chief has after leaving office made me want to do a blog on dream jobs.  What's yours?  And what was it when you were a kid?

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  1. thatcavalierfan

    well, my dream job is to be a sports reporter for either the cavaliers (cleveland) or the portland trail blazers. i'd also love to be a sports reporter for the dallas cowboys someday. i also love to cook, but those two don't really fit together. dude, i'd really not want to be the president, cause people either love ya or hate ya, and i wouldn't appreciate the hate too much. its not even that good of $ for what you go through!

    April 9, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  2. Alex

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a NBA player. Because I thought it is a wonderful job, many pretty girls will cheer for me. However,now I know ,it takes not only big talent but hard training to become a NBA player. It just becomes a job in my dream.Goodbye,my lovely cheer squad!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 am |
  3. Tonio

    Since the age of 5 – where I first sat on board of a plane – I wanted to be a pilot! Last summer I started flying gliders and I'm going to have my license within the end of this year's summer.

    After school, I'd like to go to Lufthansa and start my flight schooling.

    I'm just heavily afraid of those test they do before, especially the first one. My problem is a bit of math, that's all. I know so much about flying, I am capable of controlling planes on the flight simulator, just as the real guys do.

    I fly gliders, because I hope that they'll notice my will to do this! My problem now is, that all those psychologists kind of rule over Lufthansa or over the people who get kicked out in the tests. They don't say "Hey, he's a good feller, he loves to do it, let's get him!", they are more like "Well, he shows too much, that he loves it, let's kick him out and get those guys who think, flying is nothing usual."!
    That's the one thing, that really gets me sleepless nights, because I want to do it, there's no joke in that!!
    And everyone, who did the test says something else as the other guy, it's crazy!

    ...and if it only was a dream job for me, it wouldn't have lasted for 13 years in my head and heart.

    Tonio from Hamburg, Germany

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 am |
  4. :)

    I had wanted to be a cashier, a baker, an author......for now, I'm not really sure!

    April 10, 2008 at 9:03 am |
  5. :)

    But I don't want to be a president, that's too much work.(although there is much money...)

    April 10, 2008 at 9:04 am |
  6. Mr. Hillger's 6th Grade Class

    Here are some of our dream jobs...Actress/Actor, Soccer Player, NASA, lead singer (preferably METAL) , interior designer, professional surfer, marine biologist, gym teacher, geologist, synchronized swimmer, veterinarian.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  7. Sara

    My dream job is to be a author/poet and spread the gospel through my books. It would be amazing to see my own book in a STORE! WHOA! 😉

    April 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  8. Kelsey

    since i was five i have always
    wanted to be a mayor! it would
    would be a greatttt honor to be
    the mayor of my city... Panama
    !! Welpp that's my answer and
    thats my shouut out :]]

    April 10, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  9. Catherine

    Now that i am 17, i am in my Junior year in high school and I am currently studying to be a pediatrician. Though when i was younger, I was always hoping to be a princess, no kidding!

    April 10, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  10. Mario

    I wouldn't mind being a senior cabinet member to the next president. But realistically I have always wanted to be a pilot or a fireman. A pilot, because I love to fly (and I have FS2004 for my PC), and a fireman because fire doesn't scare me and I would love to help people and save lives.

    April 11, 2008 at 1:45 am |
  11. MP


    April 11, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  12. Texas 5th Graders

    Doctor, hair stylist, veterinarian, professional motorcyclist, scientist, electrician, babeball player, video game designer, fashion designer, famous, teacher, lawyer...:-)

    April 11, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  13. Amanda

    -As a kid I always wanted be to an ice skater for some reason. But now at 17…. Well I am still trying to figure out where I am going and what I can offer. I was going to be an architect but the job market isn’t looking to hot at the moment, and I don’t know it that will change fast enough. 😛

    April 12, 2008 at 2:24 am |
  14. Darryl

    Hey Carl!!! I didnt know you wanted to be a milk man. I used to want to be a mailman. now I want to be a vet. I have always been good with animals and I love most animals. I belive you are a great news anchor. I also think your a good singer.i would thought that would be your career path.

    April 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  15. MP 8th



    April 14, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  16. djamilah

    i know it may seem weird, but since i was in 7th or 8th grade i have wanted to be general scretary of the united nations.cuz i want to help make the world a better place and it seems like thats one of the spots where i could work at it the best
    lol 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 1:27 am |
  17. jackdaru33

    When I was 5 years old, my dream job was to become a dectective. I remember seeing shows on T.V. that looked pretty neat. My parents always told me that I asked alot of questions and so I thought a dectective was the right job for me. A couple years later, I started to play baseball. My dream job since I was about 8 is to become a Major League Baseball player. I am now a junior and trying to accomplish that dream. I started playing baseball in Hawaii when I was around 5. Since then, I've played on about 8 teams in 5 different countries. Who would have thought that I would be playing the same sport 10 years later. I also played baseball in Thailand and that was kind of hard because there isn't much baseball there. Soccer is the main sport in that country. I continue to play my sport and hope that one day I will be playing professional baseball.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  18. IAmTheWalrus

    I want to be Goldberg! I want to be The Rock! I want to be a WRESTLER! Ever since I was just a little tadpole, I have always dreamed of becoming a WWE wrestler and fighting against thugs like the Giant and Sting! But the funny thing about that is that I am working very hard to be on that show and fighting on that canvas. I am working out every day of every week of every month. I want to be a GREAT WRESTLER!! AAAHHHHH! I can feel it! I know someday I will be on that show as a wrestler and everyone will know me as: "The Molester". AHHHHHH!

    April 21, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  19. smith

    to play in the NFL on the patriots football or be a UFC fighter.

    April 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  20. Mekalah

    Well i dont really have a DREAM JOB but, when i get older i want 2 be a model. Every since i was a baby i've been in bueaty pagents & when my mommy was little she was in a modeling school & she said i could be in it sooo thats what i wanna be when im older.......

    April 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Allison

    When I was a kid, my dream job was to be in the WNBA. Now, I want to be a psychologist for children or a spanish teacher. I also want to win a Nobel Peace Prize!

    May 1, 2008 at 8:43 am |
  22. Wayno

    I was a bit surprised on your segment today about illegal immigration and its impact on various states. I was surprised that Arizona was not included. The Tucson Sector has the most activity, when it comes to illegal immigration. The impact of that, is felt through out the state.

    Arizona's Governor, Janet Napolitano and the State Legislature here, are having trouble balancing the budget. One of the contributing factours: the cost of goods and services the state provides to illegal immigrants, for which the state is NOT re-imbursed.

    All border states have this problem, but Arizona is impacted the hardest, since we have the highest activity.

    Tucson, Az.

    May 2, 2008 at 4:25 am |
  23. Evelyn

    I think my dream job is a singer or a librayian

    May 3, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  24. Codie

    My dream job would definitely have to become president and as a girl, there is still the possibility I might be the first female president. And as a part of extra info, the president of the United States is the least paid president. While it is believed that the Japanese president is the highest paid president.

    May 22, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  25. skylar

    Hey Carl when i grow up I want to
    be: Doctor, hair stylist, veterinarian make up.
    fashion designer, famous, teacher
    even maybe a house mom or wive posssibly

    December 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm |