With all the talk of politics in the air these days I find myself, like many a Myers-Briggs aficionado, looking through the types attributed to the most oft-heard names...especially those witht he most striking or contrasting personalities.
However, some of the types from what I'm assuming are pretty well-researched contributors (i.e. Keirsey, the CelebrityTypes gang) have labeled them in ways that don't make much sense to me...so I wanted to hear your opinions on whether you agree or disagree with what they've suggested and why.
Bill Clinton seems to pretty consistently come up as an ESFP. Outgoing, spontaneous, in may ways the epitome of charisma...I definitely have no disagreements with the EFP characterization. But why would he be typed as a Sensor rather than an Intuitor? His approach in every speech or even to policymaking in general seems oriented preferentially to global, big-picture concepts rather than focusing only on minute details and the here-and-now.
The Junior Bush meanwhile I see almost universally designated an ESTP. Again, by virtue of his comfort with people and outgoing manner I can definitely see the Extroverted Perceiving there, and his focus is clearly more on the day-to-day details than underlying concepts that are the focus of Intuitors. But why does he tend to be described as a T? My impression of him is of someone driven first and foremost by his own system of personal values, not textbook-style correctness...and the way he communicates with people seems laced with emotion more than detached objectivity. I may not agree with his political ideas, but I won't disagree that he is most definitely a people-oriented person.
Barack Obama meanwhile seems typed across the board, most often as an ENFJ, ENFP or ENTP it seems. From what I've read, in stark contrast to the onscreen image he is known for being cool and aloof in the workplace, almost 'prickly' - not enjoying the company of other people any more than necessary to complete a task. Based on that my guess would be INTJ, but I'm really not certain.
What do you think?