Jerry Turner

‘The character factor’

In “The Character Factor-How We Judge America’s Presidents,” the author James P. Pfiffner says that the book is not for people who have already made up their minds about a president’s behavior. A person must consider many factors before making any decisions. He claims that a person should become informed about a president’s lying, marital infidelity, promise-making and potential- ly impeachable behavior. To be fair about a reader’s judgement, one must carefully study the President’s good judgement, courage, and effective leadership. However, there is no consensus about what constitutes good character. He gives us the responsibility of separating private standards of morality from moral obligations of presidents in office.


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