I think America is hungry, starving for a head of state that is intelligent, well spoken, thoughtful, presentable. One that doesn't chuckle like a loon, or tap dance, or smile after saying dire things. It's like that exchange between Michael J. Fox and Michael Douglas in The American President:
Lewis Rothschild: People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.I'm tired of drinking sand.
President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference. (Source: IMDB.com)