The Science Of Why We Idolize Betty White
2:47 pm, January 17th | by Hillary Reinsberg
When Betty White hosted SNL as a woman in her late 80s, all thanks to a Facebook campaign, we knew she had starpower. We knew she was a role model. But just how big a role model? Bigger than former presidents and some of the most famous CEOs.
In a survey of random Americans over 45, Betty White was by far the most popular senior role model, Reuters reports.. And not just for a certain subset — when you split up men and women, retired vs. non-retired, and so on, White was still the most popular in every group.
We totally get White’s likability — and we think it’s partially due to the fact that there’s nothing really not to like. Her contenders in the survey, while impressive in their own ways, all have a flaw that’s bound to turn off a certain group of American retirees.
There’s: Jimmy Carter — a Democrat. Martha Stewart — a convicted felon. Helen Mirren — not American. Steven Tyler — too druggy. Jack Welch — too big business-y. And George Foreman — well, the guy made a grill primarily used in dorm rooms.
Betty White just can’t lose.