Not to be too harsh, but I bet Obama could school you any day in a debate on the Constitution, law, and American History.
Wow? Really? And you know this...how? While I haven't been to all "57 states" I would say I have a pretty good grasp on Constitutional law and American history.
Obama has, so far:
1. Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law
2. Served as editor of the Harvard Law Review
3. Served as a community organizer in a downtrodden urban area, where he got first-hand experience with the severe crisis that is affecting cities nationwide (see this excellent essay by David Simon, writer and producer of The Wire, about "the two Americas": http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/06/wire)
4. Ran for an won a seat on the Senate
5. Endured and triumped in a long, bitter campaign against the legendary Clinton political machine (the one that conservatives were all warning us about and villifying during the 90s) while taking potshots from the GOP/RNC political engine.
And...to you this means he is qulaified to be President of the United States? Because from where I stand, there's an awful lot of people who fit that description.
I don't think I'm qualified to be President but let's take a comparison shot:
1) FOUNDED the premiere university literary magazien at Western Michigan University that last time I checked still exists. Wasn't just editor, started it from scratch.
2) Founded my own company on my own without any outside investors and turned it into a $20 million company that employs around 70 people today.
3) Founded numerous websites, including the one you are current writing on as well as put together the teams to help create and maintain the technology behind it.
I'm sorry if I don't sound impressed with running for office. To me, that strikes me as a glorified version of saying "he got hired at a job".
I doubt that any "middle manager at Circuit City or IBM" could do even a single one of the above. (Well, maybe they could be community organizers - America can always use more volunteers in her communities, helping after school programs and mentoring kids.)
Really? You think it's that competitive to run for state senate? Really? Is this something you really want to stand behind?
But how does any armchair politics afficionado have the chuztpah to claim that those are "no achievement"?
Well, first off, because getting hired for a job isn't an achievement any more than buying a hammer is building something.
Jobs he has had aren't achievements. They are, by definition, jobs he has had.
How many commenters here actually think they could *get into* Harvard Law?
I feel pretty confident I could. Not that it's relevant. I'm curious, what do you think is required to get into Harvard Law other than financial means, the right skin color, and decent grades?
How many people here think they can actually run for and win a seat on the US Senate? Anyone?
You mean as a minority Democrat from Illinois? Not terribly hard given the state of the senate? Do you really worship government power so much that you think running for office requires some sort of special talent?
Do you think Obama could start his own $20 million business producing something? Anyone?
If so, why are you piddling around on a web page? Go and run for office and change things up!
I would if I thougth the government had real power. The real power is in the private sector. In a world where the President of the United States can't fire a dozen or so attorneys without it being a major scandal, I think it's pretty clear where the power in this country rests.
I agree with Democrats on one thing - the power of the US rests with individuals and corpoations.
(The scientist Bill Foster did exactly that.)My point is that we expect some level of hyperbole in any political discussion, but this is just over the top.Oh, and my wife works at IBM, and I know all about the middle management there. I wouldn't trust those hacks to run a kid's lemonade stand.
Ah so by that line of reasoning, Michelle Obama is fully qualified to be President too. Sweet!