It was evident enough of the publicity that the Mercury project was receiving. The participants were to become amongst the firsts in a lot of things and their names were to be carved into the books of history and etched into the minds of the citizens of America and the world in general would they succeed or fail?
Were they performing this task as propulsion into the limelight or were they being fueled by the Right Stuff? We know that after such success they could capitalize on the publicity and run for office and easily win since they were the men who undertook the most difficult challenge.
Well, Tom in his own words admits that “Even the President would become merely another awed male in the presence of the right stuff” (Wolfe 1979, p 217). Such is the power of the Right Stuff in a person.