Saturday, April 12, 2008

Presidential Experience

From Quote Of The Day by Mori Dinauer:

"He didn't have a lot of experience in running a presidential campaign, did he."

--Colin Powell, when asked about Barack Obama's lack of executive experience.

What I like about the quote is that it neatly sums up the paradox of bringing "experience" to the presidency. When it comes right down to it, the only people who ever have the relevant experience for the presidency are ex- or single-term presidents.
Hillary Clinton claims that she has experience because she is the wife of a president. Let’s remember that George W. Bush is the son of a president. How much has that “experience” benefited the United States?

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