Trouble With Bill Clinton's Character

In the article, "The Trouble With Character" from Time magazine , writer
Richard Stengel describes Bob Dole's attacks on President Bill Clinton's
character during the second Presidential debate and explains why Dole's
criticisms did not affect Clinton.
Stengel begins the article by discussing how American parents do not
want their children to aspire to become President as much as they used to. Most
Americans feel that someone else should do the job, and this person is no
moralistic model. Stengel says that the people's negative portrait of the
President is demonstrated in the roles the President plays in various movies and
Stengel then discusses the second ...

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the country and its citizens are taken care of, and so disregard the
President's moral imperfections which, in the people's opinion, have very little
to do with the issues. So the President can cheat on his taxes or even his wife
and the Americans will overlook it as long as he is getting the job done.
Claims such as these lead some to believe that Americans' standards of
acceptable moral behavior are going down.
Stengel mentions examples of different presidents and the issues that
gave them a bad reputation to demonstrate the fact that the people's
expectations of the President have fallen. When it comes to politics, Americans
are becoming more European that is, they are becoming more and more tolerant
of the flaws in their leaders. This is why Dole's complaints are ineffective in
convincing voters.
In my opinion, I think that Stengel is correct in saying that the reason
why Dole's attacks are not working is voters are not concerned with the
President's ...

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