I was recently having a discussion with a coworker about Bush's choice of Head of Homeland Security (I was later proven right - haha!), and I brought up the point about perception. His choice, although having a great deal of experience, was a high school dropout. So I argued that although he may be qualified to do the job, the public may perceive him as unqualified due to being a dropout. Do you think perception should be a factor when choosing public officials, or should it be based solely on their qualifications?