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I don't have access to the book at the moment to check this anecdote, but I think it comes from Malcolm Gladwell's Blink.

Gladwell writes about a psychologist who studied facial expressions and their implication of underlying emotions or dishonesty. The psychologist tells the story of seeing Bill Clinton, early in his career, and detecting a frequently used facial expression of his which, to the psychologist, implied "Aw, I've been caught with my hand in the cookie jar, but I'm a cute little boy and mommy adores me and she'll forgive me if I grin like this."

The psychologist states that he offered Bill Clinton his services in order to improve his public image, but as this psychologist already had a reputation as an expert in how people mask their faces when telling lies, it was felt that his assistance might be detrimental to Clinton's campaign if the public found out.

Clinton did well, at least for a while - due to his cheekiness? Or was that peripheral to his other qualities?

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He and Reagan had charisma. Either side will deny this about the other, but both got away with saying/doing things others would not. Would certainly not describe Reagan as cheeky.

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