Evan Thomas, writing in the October 1, 2012, edition of TIME observes that both President Obama and Governor Romney have been called “aloof.” I have, earlier on this blog, called them introverts. They both possess a significant degree of shyness. I know this seems impossible, on the surface of things, but I think a little careful study of character and human psychology reveals that such people often become public leaders. I have studied this a great deal because contrary to what some people think about me as a public person I am actually an introvert.
Thomas reflects on this so-called “aloofness” in the two candidates. He harkens back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He says Ike would have been appalled at the personal attacks that have become standard fare in this campaign. He would have thought Obama was debasing his office while Romney would have made him cringe at the jokes he tells that are not very funny. And he would not have understood why candidates wives should give speeches or why aspirants to the White House should disclose so much about their faith or private lives.
Evan Thomas, professor of journalism at Princeton University, makes these types of observations because he recently completed a book titled: Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Struggle to Save the World. Thomas asks, “Why can’t they