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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 11, 2011 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Presidential Material

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What do people look for in a presidential candidate? Do you think it might be intelligence, political savvy, international statesmanship? Maybe it's gravitas, dignity, seriousness and experience in government. Could it be the ability to compromise, the talent to work with both sides, to be able to broker deals? Is it their conviction of an ideology that drives voters?

In the final analysis I don't think any of those things really matter much to the average voter. The qualities that motivate voters most are much more sensory and less cerebral than those I mentioned. I think people want to feel good about their president. When all is said and done, people want their president to be upbeat and optimistic.

They want their president to be seriously American, unapologetically patriotic. Sure, they want the president to have what it takes to go toe to toe with all other leaders in the world, to have the strength to be able to make difficult decisions with intelligence and in keeping with the best interests of the American people. But they want their president to do all those things with an easy, confident manner and a sense of humor.

Voters want a president that smiles. They are just like most other people in everyday life; they are drawn to people who are friendly, happy, and easy-going. Ronald Reagan has been described as a great communicator, which he certainly was, but people didn't vote for Reagan's ability to communicate, they liked the guy. He smiled. He had an easygoing way about him. He told jokes. He never took himself too seriously. He seemed like the kind of man you could talk to. The kind of man you might like to spend time with.

In our recent history, certainly in the last 50 or 60 years, the candidate who seemed the most upbeat, the one who came off the most optimistic, was the one who won the presidency. Think of Kennedy and Nixon; Carter and Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Kerry and George W. When candidates of both parties tend to be dour or humorless, then the voters gravitate to the one who appears to be the lesser dour choice, as with McCain and Obama. Obama might not exactly be a lot of laughs, but compared with McCain he seemed the less sour of the two.

Herman Cain, the businessman who came out of nowhere to run for president, has suddenly emerged as a major contender for the Republican nomination. He started out as a long shot, coming from a business background and never holding elected office, but as people listened to him in debates and in interviews the more they liked him, and the higher he rose in the polls.

Cain spoke of his 9-9-9 tax plan for America, he also comes across as a solid conservative on several key issues, but I don't believe those are the reasons behind his sudden popularity. The main thing is, the man projects a naturally happy disposition. He smiles easily and frequently and has an infectious laugh. He doesn't seem mean-spirited or vindictive in debates with his fellow candidates, and he never appears to take himself too seriously.

Herman Cain comes across as a happy man, a confident man. People see that in him and they like it. Unfortunately the recent charges of sexual harassment that have been leveled at him has taken a lot of the happy, confidence out of his sails. Will he survive this? We shall see how he and his campaign hold up in the days ahead, but in the meantime, people still like what they see in Herman Cain.

Rick Perry, for all his posturing as "the good ol' boy you'd most likely want to have a beer with," comes across somewhat gruff and humorless. Michelle Bachman is so very serious and intense that even when she smiles you get the impression she doesn't quite let herself relax. Of all the other Republican candidates, only Mitt Romney has the ease and friendliness that can draw people to him. He doesn't have a nasty bone in his entire body, so it seems. Frankly, it might actually help him if he got a little tougher in some areas. Beware the old expression about nice guys finishing last, Mitt.

Fasten your seatbelts; this is shaping up to be a long presidential campaign for all of us.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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