Does Obama's experience in politics qualify him to be President?
Obama has been a senator in washington less than 3 years. Other than that he has no real experience. He stated that having lived over seas for 4 years between the ages of 6 and 10, that gives him experience in foreign affairs. Does anyone think a president should have more experience than this? How many mistakes would he make as president gaining the necessary experience?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Considering the experience of what Bush brought from failing corporations, Cheney and his Halliburton, Rumsfeld bringing Aspartame to the troops and the American public...I don't see
how experience helped.
Obama is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His wife, Michele, is on the board for the Council on Foreign Relations in Chicago.
Barack Obama is getting massive press hype without Americans knowing much of anything about him. He started his public career with an unusual move--- writing a book where he talks about using cocaine. In his book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama writes that he used marijuana and cocaine (”maybe a little blow”). Oddly enough, he writes that he didn’t try heroin because — wait for it — he didn’t like the pusher who was selling it. (Weren’t there any other reasons?)
Also Obama voted against making English the official language of America and also while visiting Garfield High School in California Obama stated to the students he wants to grant funds/scholarships to illegals. If he does this, it only makes it a level playing field for illegals, naturalized citizens, and Americans. Is this the higher education for Americans (at taxpayers expense)> Is this fair to those who came here legally and are not using someone else's social security card and number to get into school? I feel that this is unfair to American citizens born here, and those who came here and followed our laws. Just something to consider...
So is he for the American people and the middle class taxpayer? I don't think so, and regardless of experience it comes down to ethics. The fact he is associated with the Council on Foreign Relations, and is giving ILLEGALS advantages from our own pockets does not make me want to consider him for our next president.
- 1 decade ago
Constitutionally, the only qualifications needed to be President are to be a natural-born citizen and be at least 35 years old.
The only way that any person has the experience to be President is to already be the President. No one can fully understand the pressures that the POTUS faces: not a congressperson, not a VP, not even a spouse.
Addressing the specifics of living overseas from age 6 to 10 giving him experience in foreign affairs, I sincerely hope that Obama was joking about this.
The thing I remember most about that time of my life was the Detroit Tigers winning the 1968 World Series, Richard Nixon winning the Presidency, and learning the meaning of most of the popular dirty words going around my elementary school.
- 1 decade ago
The biggest mistakes come from lack of judgement and NOT lack of experience. Two of our least experienced presidents, Lincoln and JFK, went on to be considered two of our greatest. They faced incredible crises that pale to our war on terror and saved our country. The latter probably saved the world from Armageddon with the appropriate balance of caution and firmness in handling the USSR during the Cuban missile crisis. We need a president cut from that same mold, who will use reason and judgement to make life and death decisions for the good of the nation. I believe Obama is such a man. His mind is not clouded by dogma. Such a man will use his best powers of reason weighing input from his various advisors to come to the best decision for the common good. The president must have a certain level of intelligence and integrity to pull this off.
As far as the merits of experience, between Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Colin Powell, the current administration had vast experience in foreign affairs. How could such a team make such a mess of Iraq? Experience is useless without judgement, without integrity.
- SageandscholarLv 71 decade ago
Don't forget 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 11 years teaching constitutional law at University of Chicago.
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- scorch_22Lv 61 decade ago
Wow, this question has nothing to do with Bush, im confused by the responses so far. Personally, I don't think experience is that important, he has been in the senate so he knows how the system works, which is really the most important thing. I think his biggest weakness is his foreign policy experience, its kind of naive, even if well intentioned. That being said he is probably the best candidate out of all of the mainstream folks. (I'd prefer Ron Paul personally.)
- ErikaLv 43 years ago
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
i guess you are too cynical to media
sometimes media cant be trusted
major part of American media is manipulated by rich corporate heads as far as becaming president all u need is this
. The only requirements to be president of the U.S. is that a candidate MUST be a U.S. (native born) citizen and at least 40 (?) years of age.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You have hit upon a key consideration. Obama does not have adequate experience and he would get us into terrible trouble...more than we are in now. I like him. He seems to be articulate and intelligent however, his lack of experience could be devastating to the USA. Perhaps he will run in about 9 years from now and if he remains in Congress he could be a very powerful contender.
- Ralph TLv 71 decade ago
Read the U.S. Constitution. The only requirements to be president of the U.S. is that a candidate MUST be a U.S. (native born) citizen and at least 40 (?) years of age.
- 1 decade ago
No,he is a very smart man,but needs more experience in government. At least two or three terms as a senator.