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By Ruby Noon - Posted on 04 February 2008
Voted twice for Mr. Bush... registered Republican.... and boy, how things have changed.... This time, Obama easily wins my vote with room to spare. Not simply as a reaction to the past disasterous term, but because of who he is and what he represents.
The biggest objection I hear to Obama is experience. Not the kind of objection where people have thought it through and reasoned on it, but the kind where they are parroting a common refrain as if it were fact. It's the easiest argument to overcome too. And, funny thing is, when you do... they seem relieved. Like, "Wow, now I can vote for the guy who I really wanted too."
Yes we can.
To compliment what you've said, types of experiences (plural) and relativity of experience are really important too.
Basic types of experience (according to me, anyway): academic, office, field/community, leadership (overlaps) and personal.
Academic: Obama has two Ivy Leagues under his belt, graduated one (Harvard) at the top 10% of his class (magna cum laude), for a Law Degree.
Political Office/s: roughly 20 years Senatorial experience (combo of State and National)
Field/community: Several years of community service in his home state.
Specific to leadership: Was a professor of constitutional law & headed Law Review Board at Harvard.
I'll address what I see as his valuable personal experience in the next post ...
I love what you wrote here. You should start it as another discussion.
It's really good!
Ok, as for relative experience:
While Barrack Hussein Obama doesn't have a heap of experience compared to some officials (say, the delapitated Senator John McCain), Obama has reasonable experience relative to one Hillary Rodham Clinton. After you pare away Hillary's so-called "35 years" of experience, you're left with something that is negligable to Barrack's, and in some areas, even less.
I think it'd behoove people to start scrutinizing Hillary's resume more closely. That would help others see that, relative to Barrack, she's not that powerful a candidate. Her ace in the hole is that she's a player. She knows how to play people. That is the one area of "experience" that Hillary Rodham Clinton has mastered (relatively speaking).
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