ummmm...leadership, experience, and decision-making ability come to mind...also integrity, drive, persuasiveness, innovativeness, communication skills, team-building, and strength of character. Intelligence is important, but certainly nowhere near the top. If intelligence was the top, then shouldn't we be getting our presidential nominees from the science and academic ranks, rather than the legal?
Intelligence is the characteristic that underpins every one of your top choices.
You don't have good leadership skills if you aren't intelligent enough to truly see a situation, not just have the situation described to you by others, a la Bush.
Decision-making ability? You don't think intelligence has anything to do with this?
If intelligence was the top, then shouldn't we be getting our presidential nominees from the science and academic ranks, rather than the legal?
Isn't it obvious? Because idiots don't like to be reminded how stupid they are
. That's exactly how Bush got elected: the idiots of America looked at him and said 'gosh, there's someone like me.' The Republican party pushes this anti-intellectual meme constantly - phrases like 'ivory-tower intellectual' and other slurs used to knock the value of intelligence in people's minds.
Heaven forbid that our president should be smart
, right? My guess is that you are a typical Bush voter, less interested in promoting intelligence in our leaders, then promoting someone like yourself.