Barack Hussein Obama does have lots and lots of experience. He does! We promise! I mean, he was a senator and a lawyer and was a community organizer after college.
Well, okay, maybe he only served 143 days as a US Senator before he started the presidential process, but still! That’s beside the point! He’s charismatic! He’s a leader! He says the words “change” and “hope” and “difference” much more than McCain does! He’s young (relatively), and he overcame a hard childhood to become what he is today!
Really, if you want to talk about lack of experience, let’s talk about Sarah Palin. I mean, sure, she has more executive experience than McCain, Obama, and Biden put together, but it was just in running a state. Legislative experience is much more useful than executive experience. (Who cares if being the President falls under our Executive branch of government? Details, details.) Sure, Palin’s dealt with the oil industries and pipeline talks with Canada, but Obama dealt with important issues like voter-registration drives.
As the executive office holder (aka governor) of Alaska, Palin had control over the Alaska National Guard.
Obama…had control over….uh….he…says “change” a lot! And he’s charismatic!
And…well…at least Obama admits to his inexperience by saying, “My lack of experience is my greatest asset.” Yeah! Who needs experience learning how to run towns, and cities, and states, and nations!? We don’t! Who needs experience with foreign policy?! We don’t! Who needs experience with managing budgets, and armed forces, and economies?! We don’t! All we need is a guy who believes that he can be the change we need.
But, apparently, Obama doesn’t believe in himself enough. For all his talk about experience not being an issue, he chose a guy with a long history of political experience (and also of plagiarism and exaggerations). For all his talk about a new brand of politics and change we can count on, Obama sure did pick an old-school politician. Maybe he’s not as confident as we thought. Maybe he’s actually a little desperate. How else could the politician of “hope and change” nab a running mate as flat-out dishonest as Biden?
So, Barack “Change We Can Believe In” Obama picked a plagiarizing, dishonest, old-school (but experienced, even though it doesn’t matter that much) running mate. John “I’d rather my President be Old and not Stupid” McCain picked Sarah Palin.
It’s funny that Liberals are screaming about her lack of experience in an election where Obama said himself, “my lack of experience is my greatest asset.” Palin, as the governor of Alaska, has plenty of experience with National Defense. Alaska is the first line of defense of America’s missile interceptor system. This means, if another country (oh, maybe Iran) tries to shoot missiles at us, Alaska better be on its toes. (Interestingly, Alaska is the only state where its National Guard is on permanent duty.) As governor, she’s briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.
Obama…uh…Obama is change we can believe in!
I do realize that comparing Obama to Palin seems silly. When, in any other election, has so much focus been placed upon the vice presidential candidates? I’m just sick of hearing the whining about how she’s only a “hairbreadth” away from being the President, and she doesn’t have the experience necessary for the job.
HELLO!? Obama is RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, AND HE HAS ZERO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE!!!! People! Palin ran an entire state, dealt with issues of counterterrorism, and controlled our NATION’S missile defense system!
Obama was a senator. And he did charity work. And…
“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama said when Anderson Cooper asked him about Palin’s experience.
Oh, yeah. There you go. I looked up Alaska’s FY2008 operating budget…which happens to be $11.2 billion dollars. The state also employs about 15,000 people. Why address her mayoral experience and ignore her gubernatorial statistics? Oh, yeah. It’d kind of make your little campaign pale in comparison.
Hey, and you know what else I’m sick of? The vicious attacks on Palin’s personal life. First, accusations arose that Trig, her youngest child, belonged to Bristol, one of her daughters. Once Palin set the record straight by letting the world know that Bristol was actually already five months pregnant, without even pausing for breath, the reporters began screaming about how a parent who promotes abstinence but lets her daughter get pregnant is a hypocrite and unfit for command.
Maybe I’m all by myself out here, but how many of you have faithfully upheld every single ideal your parents believe in? I know I haven’t, but far be it from anyone to say my parents are unfit simply because I’ve made my own (poor) decisions.
At least Bristol’s doing the right thing and keeping the baby, just like her mom kept Trig. If this was one of Obama’s girls, we never would have known. He would have had no problem instructing his daughter to “take care of the problem”. What’s one unborn baby, one human life, when there’s an election to win?
Thank God for someone who is unashamed to stand up for what she believes in. Thank God that we have someone who not only has strong morals, but upholds them. What, Obama? It’s “above your paygrade” to state your views about abortion? Sir, you are campaigning to be the Chief Executive Officer of our entire COUNTRY. I think stating your belief without trying to appease everyone falls very neatly within your job description.
At least Palin has some balls.
In conclusion, I think my man Rudy said it best. He called Palin “one of the most successful governors in the country” saying her experience is “equal” to Barack Obama’s.
“She’s cut the budget 15 to 18 percent. She’s cut taxes. She’s taken on the big oil companies and brought about reform,” Giuliani said. “She has fought corruption in her state from the day she has been mayor, certainly as governor, took on corrupt Republicans and corrupt Democrats and defeated them. That’s a heck of a record.”
“It’s a lot better than Barack Obama’s record,” Giuliani added.
While Giuliani conceded that Palin may the most extensive resume, he insisted that the Republican ticket is “in the right order.”
“We’ve got the person with the most experience on top, we’ve got the new generation at the bottom of the ticket,” the former mayor said. “They’ve got a person with no experience at the top, none, nada, not a single bit of experience as an executive.”
‘Nuff said, Giuliani. ‘nuff said.
(Fun Rant of the Day: Obama was once asked what he’d do with a billion dollars. First he said he’d pay off his mortgage. Then he would give the rest to his wife. Wait. No. He added that he would give most to charities. Then he said he’d put “several hundred million into buying mosquito nets” to prevent malaria in Africa.”
Wow, Obama, if you really cared about malaria in Africa, maybe you could readdress the DDT issue. Wait. No. We couldn’t. DDT might harm birds. And the environment. Sure, malaria has passed AIDS as the number one killer in Africa, but we couldn’t spray DDT and kill all the mosquitoes. Think of the environment! The birds! We all know that the birds and the rivers and the environment are absolutely more important than actual human life.
I mean, that’s just the MO of the Democratic party, though, so why am I complaining? It’s always been that polar bears > human babies any day. )