The Personality of a President & America’s obsession with weakness

19 12 2007

Time magazine just announced the “Person of the Year” and the winner is –

Time’s described Putin as follows –

“Vladimir Putin gives a first impression of contained power: he is compact and moves stiffly but efficiently. He is fit, thanks to years spent honing his black-belt judo skills and, these days, early-morning swims of an hour or more. And while he is diminutive?5 ft. 6 in. (about 1.7 m) seems a reasonable guess-he projects steely confidence and strength. Putin is unmistakably Russian, with chiseled facial features and those penetrating eyes. Charm is not part of his presentation of self-he makes no effort to be ingratiating. One senses that he pays constant obeisance to a determined inner discipline. The successor to the boozy and ultimately tragic Boris Yeltsin, Putin is temperate, sipping his wine only when the protocol of toasts and greetings requires it; mostly he just twirls the Montrachet in his glass. He eats little, though he twitchily picks the crusts off the bread rolls on his plate.”

Read the full story here

Now putting aside Putin’s specific ideology or actions but looking ONLY at his personality I think it’s safe to assume a man like this would NEVER be elected as President of the U.S. (wouldn’t even come close to being nominated).

And why?

It seems the person we want as President is a slightly smarter, slightly kinder, slightly better-looking version of the man/woman next door.

Could an introvert with clear vision, deep conviction, piercing logic and a well of inner strength be elected? No, because most Americans could not relate to this person.

We’ve got to see our candidates flipping pancakes, kissing babies, telling jokes and smiling incessantly. Their personality must mirror the masses even if more rare personalities are stronger leaders.

Are we doomed to have weak leaders in America?