Tough times call for taller presidents

2019-03-08 01:07:08

WHEN the going gets tough, the presidents get taller. So says social psychologist Terry Pettijohn of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He looked at the heights, ages and facial attributes of the 11 elected US presidents over the past 75 years, and compared them with economic and social indicators such as unemployment and birth rates. “What we’re seeing is that taller candidates are preferred when times are more difficult,” says Pettijohn. “The taller presidential candidates are preferred when times are more difficult” Examples of lofty leaders include Franklin Roosevelt,