Personality-Ville is headquartered in Mason City, Iowa and will be asking all of the 2016 presidential candidates (and others) who visit Mason City, about their personality style so voters can relate to them as people. We also ask them how their personality traits will benefit them in office, if elected.
Our goal is to get people involved and encourage everyone, especially young people and those who don't normally participate, to get out and VOTE!
This is our first question to Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush Introvert
Jeb Bush, Mason City, IA. He tells the advantages of being an introvert. Also funny story of the differences of introverts and extroverts. (Question by @KimberlyWest ) #Introverts #livequiet #JebBush I will be asking the other candidates the same question. Tune in...
Jeb Bush, Mason City, IA. He tells the advantages of being an introvert. Also funny story of the differences of introverts and extroverts. (Question by @KimberlyWest ) #Introverts #livequiet #JebBush #Personality_Ville
He basically stated he was an introvert and thought the advantage of that is they make better listeners, something he thought was greatly needed in Washington. He also went on to tell a story about the differences between extroverts and introverts and got several laughs from the audience.
Other reporters thought this was noteworthy too. Here's a link to a CNN article on this event, by
Mason City, Iowa (CNN)
Politics in Personality-Ville
By John Skipper, author of The Iowa Caucuses: First Tests of Presidential Aspiration, 1972-2008
How many of us have assessed the world situation and asked ourselves, "Why would anyone want to be president?"
For most of us, it is a rhetorical question, one that requires no answer, because, really, it is more of a statement.
So, what is it? What, among those who have become president and those who have sought it, has motivated them?
It is reasonable to believe that between George Washington and Barack Obama and all who have served in between them, there is no single personality trait.
There have been many studies done over the years to identify dominant characteristics of presidents. A look at some of these is useful in assessing present-day candidates and their likelihood of succeeding to the presidency and, more important, succeeding in the presidency.
A study done by Scott Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University concludes, presidents "need to be bold and self confident to be willing to run, but they also have to have an amazing capacity to delay gratification and a lot of impulse control..."
"Presidential Temperament,” a study done by David Keirsey and Ray Choinere, theorizes that the actions of presidents arise from the temperaments each was born with. They identify four basic temperaments:
Artisan: colorful, charming, daring, spontaneous, often showing remarkable bravado. Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan fit this mold.
Guardian: Serious, sober, strictly-business, cautious, not charismatic: George Washington, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter are examples.
Rational: Analytical, given to theory, long-range planning and strategy: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower had these tendencies.
Idealist: None. Surprising but true, according to the researchers. New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said, "Campaigns are written in poetry. Governing is written in prose." Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi are examples of idealists, according to the authors, both given to grand ideas and ideals but neither would be willing to compromise them in the typical political process of trying to get something done.
Yet another study, this one done led by psychologist Steven Rubenzer for the American Psychological Association, categorizes presidents this way:
Actors - (Charismatic): Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are examples.
Extroverts - Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy would fit this definition.
Dominators - Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson could match this.
Good Guys - Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower are examples.
Innocents - William Howard Taft and Warren Harding exemplify these traits.
An important consideration in evaluating the personalities of presidents is that, like all of us, they can have multiple personality traits so it is difficult to draw any specific conclusions without their direct input. But in looking at personality traits of past presidents, and deciding for ourselves which presidents we think were the most successful, it will give us insight into evaluating the present group of candidates.
There is the bombastic Donald Trump, the meek Ben Carson, the steady Jeb Bush, the cool and calculating Hillary Clinton, the assertive Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina; the challenging Bernie Sanders, and the professorial Marco Rubio.
Another trait to consider is how Clinton and Bush, like the Kennedys and Roosevelts before them, are carrying on the "family business" of politics that dates back to Presidents John Adams and son John Quincy Adams and William Henry Harrison and grandson Benjamin Harrison.
A trait not mentioned specifically in any of the studies but is a common denominator for anyone who wants to be president is this: An enormous ego.
This is not a column about who I think is the best choice for president. I have never been very active in politics, although I do always vote in major elections. I was vaguely aware that Iowa played some part in the election process but never really understood how important a part until this year.
What I have always been is a proud Iowan.
Iowa pride. That phrase sounds contradictory. Iowa is known for its down-to-earth people who don’t boast a lot. We’re known for not being too flashy, loud or controversial.
When all eyes were on Iowa with the first Democratic and Republican party caucuses this month, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
Many thought Iowa would vote a predictable way.
It seemed that this year the political process was watched with much more interest than usual and I was anxious to talk with some of the people involved. I talked with two campaign workers who hadn’t voted since the 1970s.
When I talked to one woman from California who was here volunteering on her vacation, she said she was impressed with the friendly Iowa people. I felt proud to be an Iowan.
One gentleman was here volunteering who happened to have gone to college with one of the candidates. There were people who had changed their party affiliation after 30 years such as Republicans becoming Democrats for the night.
When a reporter from Denver said that he was impressed with Iowa voters because they didn’t readily jump on a candidate’s bandwagon but usually carefully educated themselves before deciding, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
When caucus night came with its huge turnout, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
When thousands of people — women and men — voted for a woman candidate, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
Thousands came out in throngs to tie their kite to someone who they thought would take it and run for change.
When young Iowa voters chose a man who they thought would be the best person for president who just happened to have a different ancestry than most people here in Iowa, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
When many Republicans voted their hearts and stuck with a candidate that reflected cherished values, I felt proud to be an Iowan.
For the first time I got involved with the caucus process, but it wasn’t all about who I thought was the best candidate; it was more about being a part of a state that let its voices be heard.
Most political strategists agree that on a cold winter night in Iowa, a new American presidency was born. Come November, when we know who is the next president of the United States, I’ll look back and say: I felt proud to be an American.
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