Nothing like a little frivolity in the midst of what seems to be an extremely ugly campaign (no pun intended; you’ll see what I’m referring to).
According to a survey of 5,000 single men and women by the dating service It's Just Lunch, Bush wins this race.
Of about 2,500 women polled, 49 percent said they'd rather date the president, while about one-third of singles said they would prefer Democratic challenger John Kerry. And 15 percent would go out with candidate Ralph Nader.
Bush also wins as most charming, with 54 percent of survey participants voting for him. Forty percent found Kerry most charming; Nader got 6 percent.Wonder what the male/female breakdown was between the three men.
Leaving Mr. Nader out of the size-up, I rate President Bush to be a reasonably good-looking, in-shape guy (and very attractive in his youth). Senator Kerry is, shall we say, less genetically gifted.
However, looks are not that important in men--at least not to me—and no one is responsible for his/her heritage. A person needs to take whatever physical gifts that have been given, downplay the less desirable ones, and put his/her best foot forward, as they say.
With men, grooming is essential, but the “metrosexualizing” of it is a bit much. Senator Kerry is known to have manicures, to use false tanning products and is alleged to have used “botox,” the non-surgical method of looking younger. (Comparing his visage from several years ago to that of today, I’d say that the rumors are true.) Yuck! Cleaning and clipping your hair and your nails is enough, guys. Unless the tan is a built-in one or a sun-induced one, leave it by the road (or in the store). And waxing anything is straight—heh--weird, even your back. (California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s obvious plastic surgery falls into the metrosexual category as well, but he gets a bit of a pass just for being, well, Arnold.)
President Bush doesn’t appear to do any of these things, even though, with the stress of office having taken its toll on his appearance, he might benefit. (These days, his father is looking better than he is.) There’s something very unsettling, however, about a man that is overly concerned with his appearance. You wonder if he's going to pitch a fit if you're looking better than he is.
Fundamentally, of course, it’s the personality that counts, with intellect coming in a close second. From this perspective, the president wins here also. Like him or dislike him, you know where the guy stands—a very appealing trait in a man. (There have been guys that I have actively disliked, but had to at least respect for their decisiveness and straight-forward manner.) Senator Kerry exudes an aura of fakeness. Not to say that he’s stupid or a jerk, because it’s difficult to tell. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to say who the real John Kerry is at all. No date for him. (I’m not rich enough anyway).
This is what told me quite a bit about the personalities of the two men: before the first debate in Coral Gables, Florida, Senator Kerry spent the day in a spa. President Bush spent the day visiting and commiserating with Florida hurricane victims. The results were obvious: the senator looked great and the president looked like Hades.
(Thanks to Lucianne.com)