Profiles on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

By | January 27, 2020

[January 27, 2020]  For the past few days, I outlined what I believe to be the main characteristics of those candidates running for President of the United States.  It’s a time where leadership matters because of a great divide in our country and because today is a dangerous time in the world.  To summarize a bit, many characteristics are common across these men and women.

I see several traits in these candidates that are universal.  No matter what you think of them politically, it is not unreasonable to believe that anyone of these people shares nearly identical characteristics with all the others.  The reasons for that should be self-evident.  Here they are:

  • Intelligent and Articulate
  • Outgoing and Congenial
  • Compassionate
  • Resilient
  • Inspires others

“Presidential candidates don’t chew gum.” – Theodore C. Sorensen, American lawyer, writer, and presidential adviser

Know by U.S. President John F. Kennedy as his “intellectual blood bank,” Theodore Sorensen had the smarts to do just about anything.  He also has these same traits today’s political candidates have in common.  But he also understood what it took to take the next step, to step beyond being the “smartest guy in the room.”  He knew that you had to be charismatic, inspirational, and resilient to be president.1

In two days, I’ll be restarting my series on U.S. Presidential candidates.  Based on the responses I’ve read so far, these articles seem to be hitting a chord with folks.  Please continue to comment and pass along these articles to others.  They are free of charge and can be quoted anytime and anywhere without permission.  All I ask is that any quote is by attribution.  Thanks!


  1. Sorensen was President Kennedy’s special counsel, adviser, and primary speechwriter, the role for which he is remembered best. He helped draft the inaugural address in which Kennedy said famously, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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15 thoughts on “Profiles on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

    1. Len Jakosky

      Is good ole’ Joe going off the deep end? Who’s advising him or is he just trying to “outwoke” the “woke?”

  1. Walter H.

    And please give us an update on their common core values as well.

  2. Eva Easterbrook

    Great leaders bring people together for a common cause. I don’t see this happening much in all those who are running.

    1. Linux Man

      Eva, they all mouth the words of “togetherness” and sing kumbaya. Then they turn around and say things that divide us. How sad but how true.

  3. Doc Blackshear

    I agree that some of those who are dropped out or are just unseen should be given a profile.

      1. Willie Shrumburger

        Joe Walsh is a nut. Here is a quote from his website. “Donald Trump doesn’t represent us—he represents the worst of us. He hasn’t delivered on his promises, he thinks he’s above the law, and he’s tweeting us into a recession, as we speak. You know it, I know it, we all know it: We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump. No way.” If anything, Donald Trump has delivered on his promises.

      2. LBJ Fan

        I wonder where he got the money to run or if he is just looking to grandstand a bit.

  4. Harry Donner

    Gen. Satterfield, good analysis on the common traits of leaders. I believe you will see this wherever you go.
    Prof Jordan Peterson identified to traits that are most commonly associated with success. One, intelligence. Two, conscientiousness. That means being both smart and hard working. We should, according to Peterson, reward those who are at the top of the hierarchy.

  5. José Luis Rodriguez

    I would like for you, Gen. Satterfield, to consider profiling of some of those who dropped out of the race. That way, we can ‘see’ for ourselves how and why some of them didn’t make the cut. The reasons, if possible, could be addressed for us to learn. Thanks! ?

      1. Georgie B.

        On her site, it says that her presidential campaign is over but she is still there helping us “fight” against the evils of the world. Good comment but weird person.

  6. Army Captain

    “Presidential candidates don’t chew gum.” Great quote and funny.

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