Presidential Image Essay

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The leader of the free world did not make their way into the Oval Office of the White House by chance. Image is one of the vital appeals to the donor as well as voters from the 318.9 Million people living in the United States. When a candidate runs for the presidency, they have usually been in politics for a set amount of years and gained notoriety that will later be necessary when running for office. From Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats to the first televised political debate, the voters were able to fill in the blanks of a candidate’s image, and create a relatability factor of their politicians. Most of the presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama have had an image to the public of being healthy, strong, and a leader in …show more content…
We the people create the list of what we considered to be the presidential type. When in reality the only type of image that seems to win is the one with enough money to campaign until the National Convention of their party. One of the most fascinating things about the 2016 race and election for president has been Donald Trump’s complete lack of political background, and still winning the presidency with having no list of accomplishments in politics. The image of a divisive candidate can have a positive or negative impact on the perceived image of a party, depending on how many votes it can garner. When leading one of the Superpowers, like the United States, the American public does not only elect a national leader, but a global one. A candidate 's image can affect the worldwide perception of our nation during an election. An image may not only affect a public office in the present, but it may mold its future perception for generations to come. Ultimately it is important to evaluate the image that has been formed as to what makes a …show more content…
Many people are still asking “How did Donald Trump win the presidency with no political background?” The answer is simple, image. With all the bad press that accumulated over the course of a year and a half of Trump saying whatever comes to mind, did help his case because there truly is no such thing as bad press. With Generation Y and Z having a smartphone in their hand or looking at a computer screen for most of the day, this election’s media coverage fell right into their laps. From the start of the campaign until the end people were quickly able to form and add to their conceived image of a candidate. An image over the timespan during the campaign it took to create was held within the media’s opinion.“Today leaders adapt their style to mediapolitics, or politics as deformed and degraded by the mass media. For if the star system has become the basis of politics, it is largely thanks to the media. At different times in history it has been based either on oral or written expression, the two permanent means- along with images- of communication” (Schwartzenberg 135). Especially in the age of social media the young voters were able to quickly fact check and inform themselves on any issue with their phones. Apps that give voters updates on news, issues, and politics quickly helped shape the image of both candidates for

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