What are your thoughts on this?

United States
September 9, 2008 11:46am CST
These are facts that all of us need to think about before we vote. The first time I read this quote, I thought it was dangerously true. Then I really started pondering it and thought how would this apply to our own lives/careers? Let's look at it again to see how absurd it is. You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience. You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon. You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience. You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after a 143 days of experience. You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience. BUT.... 'From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln,FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days? We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that's all it is - a start. AND, strangely, a large sector of the American public seems to feel comfortable with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn't accept this in our own line of work, yet some are OK with this for the President of the United States of America ? Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Soldierswife, First let me follow Xfahtor's lead and thank you and your husband for your service and sacrifices for our great nation! I want to address your last sentence by saying I believe that "American Idol" is exactly what we are experiencing here! Most Obamites have been blinded by his "star power" that nothing anyone can tell them or show them in black and white makes any difference whatsoever! I would like to take you analogy a step further, if you don't mind; How many people would stay on a jetliner if the anouncement was made that your pilot and co-pilot had a whopping 143 days of flight experience?
• United States
9 Sep 08
Wow...I certainly didn't expect any thanks to my and my husband, but just know that it does mean alot to know we have some people at our side. I teared up just reading your expressions and truly felt your support. Rodney850, I love your analagy about the jetliner and when you put it that way, I can't understand how even the most blind person on the face of the earth could walk away in support of Obama or defend him. I totally agree with the comments about McCain. I don't know every single thing he stands for either, but I can tell you that he has led his life in such a way -- honorable, trustworthy and proud -- that gives me a peace to TRUST that his future decisions will be made for the good of the American people. All of us have flaws and shortcomings. McCain (and Obama, for that matter) are humans too and you're sure to disagree on some issues. If you're married, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. You married the person you are with -- not because you agreed with everything they say, but because of the person you know them to be, geniunely on the INSIDE. I'm sure Obama is a nice man, but that's not going to cut it when everything's said and done. Like a spouse that you would choose to spend your life with, our next President needs to possess the qualities and characteristics that we can trust and have faith in - even knowing there will be times of argument on some things. I just don't feel that Obama carries the same values (moral or otherwise) that our country can benefit from. Dr. Phil says that a persons' past behaviors are a good indicator of what their future actions will be. (I know some of you hate Dr. Phil :) Based on that, I'm sure some would change their minds about who they'll vote for (or would want to "fly their plane"). To me, there's nothing better than our next president being someone who has fought for our country previously in his life -- long before he ever thought of becoming President. When you think about Obama's past, where he came from, what or who he really is or isn't, or what he stands for, isn't that a little scary to you??? (and that doesn't even count how creepy his full name makes me feel) Anybody can get on a stage and talk and talk that produces cheers and applause, but when you can walk the walk (like McCain has), it speaks for itself and there's no reason to impress anyone. Again, thank you all for your nice words and appreciation...most of all thatnks for letting me vent on this situation! Looks like we all may have needed it! If any of you get the chance, go to youtube.com and search for the video "DEAR MR OBAMA". This is a very powerful video of a soldier with a very important message. Be sure to watch it all the way through.
@starr4all (2865)
13 Sep 08
*waves hi* Another military spouse here..(air force though). Obama's experience is a big issue with me. I'm worried about his stance with terrorist countries. I'm worried that his plans for handling these countries are so light that when action needs to be done, he's not going to be able to do it and our country will be left open for another, worse attack. (I'm probably not making any sense. It's late and my littles ds is teething.)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Sometimes people get taken aback by this candidates promises.. People hope and aim for a better future..better country..better life..When they get a good promise or a good word out of it all peoples hopes are uplifted...We cannot blame this people..Although some people don't believe this candidates promises more people do..It doesn't mean that because Obama is not so well experienced to become a President he can't be one. I am not for him nor against him since he won't be the President of my country but I have heard of his promises and I have heard of his achievements as well as his opponents. I guess it is not with the experience that some people choose their candidates..It's with the promises....Who wouldn't want Jobs promises for the American People? Since the recession and the loss of jobs of the people in America they tend to get back to work and this kind of promises can easily get a candidate on the floor.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Three cheers!!! Very good thing to think about indeed. I am not going to vote for an American president, being a citizen of a country which has a president who is tainted by scandals. What is wrong with the world today?
@Holv03 (535)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I think experience has a little bit to do when you select someone but sometimes experience is not everything. I think Obama understands a lot of things that other people dont understand to me he seems ready to be president. He is a smart guy and from what I have seen I think he would make a good fit as president. He dosent have a lot of experience but he is surrounding himself with people that have a lot of experience so Obama could turn out to be a very good president I dont think anyone could be worse than Bush.
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Please no need to fret Obama wont be our prez he blew that when he didnot choose Hillary as his running mate and McCain seiged the moment by choosing Gov. Palin for his "Veep" a brillant move I would have to say.So it should have become quite obvious that Sen. Obama lack the experience to make concrete decisions there's noway McCain would of had a chance to be president if Obama had made the sound and correct decision to have Hillary Clinton as his running mate...
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Sep 08
I am just going to take the opertunity to thank you and your husband for your sacrifices. I have been down the experience road in a number of threads and other similar discussions, I am not supporting Obama, though I don't know for certain who else I may vote for yet, just not him,so don;t worry there. Again, thank you, and blessed be to you and your husband.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
9 Sep 08
It's not as simplified as that. Somehow this man who has so much less experience than Hillary Clinton managed to beat her and I don't buy the argument that it was due to the American voters being stupid. I think the lack of experience card is losing it's power considering the complete lack of legislative experience Palin has. This elections is about the issues...at least it is for me...and who the majority are more comfortable with leading this country. I don't believe that any thinking person puts it in the same category as American Idol.