see someone as someone or something
to visualize someone as some other person or type of person. I see you as a perfect candidate for the job. I don't see you as mayor.
see someone as something
to consider someone or something; to deem someone or something as something. The manager saw the skilled employee as a godsend. John saw the new salesman as a threat to his territory.
see something as (something else)
to visualize or fantasize something as something else. I see this as a wonderful way to interest some new people in our organization. We all see this as a golden opportunity to get to know one another better.