Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Presidential Character" by James David Barber

Back in the 80's, Duke prof. James David Barber wrote a book that set out a method of analyzing a President's character. Now, John Dean, White House Counsel under Nixon, has used Barber's system to evaluate George W. Bush. Here's the link: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060421.html

Barber catagorized presidents by:

Active postive (FDR)
Passive positive (Reagan)
Active negative (Nixon, LBJ)
Passive negative (Jefferson)

Dean concludes that, like Dean's old boss, Bush 2 is active negative. According to Barber, active negatives are the worst.