Personality Counts

Every president brings to the White House a distinctive personality; the way the White House is organized and run will reflect that personality. Moreover the public tends to judge a president not only in terms of what he accomplished but also in terms of its perception of his character. Thus personality plays an important role in explaining the presidency

Sharp, precise, deliberate, military style
Delegated authority to specialists and experts
Used bumbling speaking style to deflect and keep his options open
Bold, articulate, charismatic and amusing
Personal rule and improvised government
Surrounded by talented amateurs and ignored chain of command
A superb retailer and deal maker
Knew everybody and everything in Washington
Tried to make all decisions himself
Horrible wholesaler
Deeply suspicious of media, rivals, bureaucracy
Brilliant at foreign policy
Shielded himself behind a small core of staff to avoid personal interaction
Give-and-take politician, discussion oriented
Liked talking to people
Disorganized circular fashion in White House
An outsider to Washington and proud of it
Voracious reader and intellect, micromanager to the extreme
Went from circular system of White House to heirarchy late in term to get things done
Set broad goals and let others handle the details
Great Communicator
Successfully pushed military build-up, decrease taxes and domestic spending
Portrayed himself as an outsider to the public but enjoyed a warm and friendly relationship with Washington insiders
Hands-on-manager, but not such a great speaker
Great at foreign policy due to previous connections (VP, CIA Director, Ambassador to the UN, representative to China, member of Congress)
Effective speaker and micromanager
Informal style
Focused on domestic affairs
Very effective retailer and wholesaler