Obama - is pushing it. Let time tell, I suppose. ħuman 05:52, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
- I'd tentatively say yes to Obama being a personality cult. But I'd say he's not doing it maliciously and much of it is the public generating it for him - partly the "OMG A BLACK GUY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!!11" and partly "finally, someone who isn't George Bush". It's certainly not the same league as Kim Jong Il, and really not much more than most US presidents when you think about it. d hominem 13:25, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
"a system in which a leader is able to control a group of people through the sheer force of his or her personality"
I'm not sure what "control a group of people through the sheer force of his or her personality" actually means. That's just how politics, or any corporate system works a lot of the times. It's also how I get my kids to mow the lawn and take out the garbage. It's a big leap from getting people to do what you want--which can be simply managing them--to the god-like thing we're talking about with mao, Hitler, etc. P-Foster (talk) 07:10, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
- I agree with your deletions, with a minor "meh" on Reagan. But if we include Reagan, we'd probably have to add JF Kennedy, eh? ħuman 07:18, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
- Agreed but Rand Paul and his followers certainly do not. Rand Paul's followers are nowhere near as dedicated as his father's. Kentuckyball (talk) 13:06, 23 October 2015 (UTC)
How many people in popular culture have sufficient personality to have a personality cult? What proportion of these persons are dead before they get a pc? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:46, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
The examples are too much of a stretch.
Putting every modern U.S. politician who has had some success seems way overboard to me. I might pare down the list at some point if someone doesn't beat me to it, but I'd like more in-depth examples and a better understanding of what defines a personality cult. It's an important topic for this wiki. The Moose (talk) 09:01, 17 June 2016 (UTC)
I really think that some of the ones that Fuzzy Cat Potato should probably go back in. Specifically Jerry Falwell, Alex Jones, Fidel Castro, and Rush Limbaugh. These people HAVE deliberately cultivated what are pretty much cults of personality, especially Limbaugh and Castro.188.8.131.52 (talk)