Bad batch for American Voters in 2012
What do you look for in presidential candidates? I look at their resumes.
Barack Hussein Obama
Age: 30 Passed Illinois Bar
28 Sidle & Austin Law
30 Hopkins & Sutter Law
32 Ran Illinois Voter Registration Drive
32-43 Law instructor at University of Chicago
33 Wrote & Published, Published Dreams of My Father
43 Wrote & Published, Published The Audacity of Hope
36-44 Member of the Illinois Senate
U. S. Senate
42-47 U. S. Senator from Illinois
U. S. Presidency
47 Sought and won U. S. Presidency
That is what I would describe as a fast-track lawyer approach to the presidency. Compared with many past presidents, President Obama lacked experience in both the private and public sector. Yet, he has something special going for him, and that is his brainpower and capacity to address a job that is fraught with complexity and obstacles. Just maybe being an African American and fighting an up-hill battle provided extraordinary drive and ability. Maybe voters took a gamble and it is paying off.
He comes from the Midwest that is representative of the USA. He has a high IQ. He has stellar academic qualifications, training and experience in Constitutional law. His character and capabilities are proving to be quite good. He is demonstrating adaptability and resilience. Given voter investment and experience that comes with incumbency, Obama is hard to beat, even if you don’t agree with all of his policies or decisions. If the economy continues to improve, and if the war drawdown continues to alleviate pressure on both the economy and American’s nerves, he may have another chance to prove his worth.
What I look for in the way of viable competition is someone who has all that Obama has in the way of intellectual capacity and knowledge of the law plus more experience from the following areas:
CEO – significant private enterprise, i.e. Ford Motor Company
Governor (CEO of public enterprise)
Military – Officer with War fighting experience
Ambassador – State Department nation-building/peace-building experience
Essentially, IMO, America needs more seasoned experience from a brilliant leader. Just as America demonstrated willingness to give an African American an opportunity to lead the nation, it is time to give a special woman the same chance.
It can’t be just any woman, or any good old boy for that matter.
When I evaluate the likes of Palin and Bachmann, they fall way short. When I look for someone with CEO experience, I was leaning toward Trump and Romney. Trump falls way short in compassion and has lived a privileged life. Romney may have more compassion, and has served as a governor and leader in significant organizations, so he looks better. Pawlenty may offer some public CEO credentials and he dabbled in the private sector too. Yet, I don’t see compassion in these candidates for Middle America. I don’t see extraordinary military and diplomatic skills either with exception of Romney.
When it comes to Haley Barbour, I remove points for his being a life-long lobbyist and for character faults that come from his Southern bigotry baggage. Prominent Republicans overlooked that in the past, but that is exactly what is wrong with Republicans today – too much baggage and not enough forward-looking ability.
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