Why Good Looks Are Important for Presidents
Who Is the Most Attractive—Clinton, Obama, or McCain?
The President of Venezuela Ugo Chavez—is ugly and has an unpleasant personality. Even his name is kind of ugly—Ugo. I didn’t know who the president of Venezuela was before Chavez, but at least whoever that person was, he didn’t impose his image as the image of his country. Before Chavez, I thought of Venezuela as the land of beautiful women—since Venezuela has won a number of Miss World and Miss Universe titles. Anyway, now whenever I think of Venezuela, I think of the unpleasant Ugo. Do we want someone like Ugo to represent America? In other words, should we judge a book by it’s cover?
Many studies in psychology confirm that attractive people receive better treatment by others. "These judgments are not confined to first impressions: People who know an individual well attribute more positive traits to cute children and beautiful or handsome adults” (Morris& Maisto, 2002, p. 567). This means that a better-looking president will be more welcomed by other international leaders and citizens from other countries.
A good-looking president will make a more intelligent decision maker. Contrary to popular adages, studies in psychology confirm that good looking people are more intelligent, more positive toward others, and more adaptive. This applies to both children and adults (Jackson, Hunter, & Hodge, 1995 as cited by Morris& Maisto, 2002, p. 567).
Then whose the most attractive presidential candidate: Clinton, Obama, or McCain? I’d say Obama is the most attractive and charming. I think most of you will agree—other studies in psychology confirm that beauty is universal. “People from different cultures and ethnic groups generally agree as to who is or is not beautiful” (Morris& Maisto, 2002, p. 567).
Jackson, Hunter, & Hodge (1995). Physical attractiveness and intelectual competence: A meta-analytic review. Social Psychology Quarterly, 58(2). Retrieved May 8, 2008, from EBSCOhost database.
Morris, C.G., & Maisto, A.A. (2002). Psychology: An Introduction (12th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
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