The Presidential Look
When it comes to presidents, is it what comes out of their mouths, or how those mouths are shaped that gets them elected?
Popular wisdom has itÂ that the fastest way to a voterâ€™s support is variously through the mouth, wallet, or ears. But really, the eyes might be best: Everyoneâ€™s constantly sizing one another up, says Mac Fulfer, author of Amazing Face Reading and one of the nationâ€™s foremost experts on the subject. In the case of presidential candidates, Fulfer says, weâ€™re looking for warrior traits, evidence of someone who will â€śfight for us.â€ť If heâ€™s right (this â€śscienceâ€ť has its critics), youâ€™re better off watching campaign commercials on mute. Here, Fulfer interprets the mug of Mitt Romney.
Hereâ€™s how to evaluate whoâ€™s going to winâ€ť Fulfer says. â€śItâ€™s the guy with the biggest chin.â€ť Governor Rick Perryâ€™s chin is â€ślike a maul,â€ť but Romneyâ€™s sticks out. â€śIt gives him the capacity in almost any situation to get the last word,â€ť Fulfer says.
2a. Eyebrows > Low, even eyebrows indicate quick thinking: â€śMentally, he can be intimidating, because you get him a proposal and his brain jumps from A to Z,â€ť Fulfer says. At Bain Capital, Romneyâ€™s penchant for process helped generate billions of dollars, and this trait forms the backbone of his CEO-as-president campaign. Here in Massachusetts, it also gave us Romneycare.
2b. Eyelids > â€śHis eyelids are covered up by the eyebrows,â€ť Fulfer says. â€śThatâ€™s the same problem Gore had â€” seeming wooden or unapproachable.â€ť
Plastered to the side of his head, Romneyâ€™s ears show he listens to consensus (as in chairing the Salt Lake Winter Olympics) rather than believing unquestionably in his own gut. That might explain his serial flip-flopping.
A thin upper lip and slightly fuller bottom lip mean â€śemotionally, heâ€™s a little guarded,â€ť Fulfer says. â€śHeâ€™s much better at talking about what he does than how he feels.â€ť File Romneyâ€™s seldom publicly discussed Mormonism here.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/01/the-presidential-look-mitt-romney/