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Obama not ready to lead

John Fanning
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Two very distinguished United States senators, one with 30 years in the U.S. Senate, the other a two-term senator and wife of a man who was president for two terms, pronounced one of their colleagues, Sen. Barack Obama, too inexperienced, too naive and not ready to lead. One of them stated that the office of the presidency is not and should not be regarded as a place for on-the-job training.

The two senators are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. The statements were made during the primary, and reaffirmed by Joe Biden during a debate when questioned by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. By the way, it was Biden who said the office of the presidency is not a place for on-the-job training.

Yes, during the primary season, candidates disagree on policies and positions on issues. This is how they attempt to distinquish themselves from one another. But I have never heard candidates refer to their colleague as “not ready to lead, too inexperienced and too naive.” Who better to make an assessment of Obama than those who have served with the senator during his 140 days (yes, that is all) in the senate, and who have firsthand knowledge of what qualifications are needed for the highest office in the land?

Now of course they are singing a different tune. Thirst for power, party and money produce such strange bedfellows. The only one who has not modified his comments during the primary and now is Bill Clinton, who stands by his statement that experience is very important.

Wouldn’t it make sense, and be better for the country, if we give Sen. Obama a chance to season. Provide him an opportunity to author a bill or two; an opportunity to reach across party lines to get things done; to vote on some legislation instead of “passing” as he has done many times in the past; and to find out just how government works or doesn’t work? Perhaps he could chair some meaningful committee. And last but not least, perhaps we can get to know him better, his values and his judgment. He is only 47. Would four or eight years of training and experience be too much to expect? He would only be 51 or 55. Many who are voting for him because he is black and are full of guilt, can hold their guilt for the next four or eight years, and then vote for a black who is qualified and experienced, and who I might add, has a much better chance of really making a difference.

I know he has promised us all money for our votes. Even my grandchildren have been promised $5,000 a year to pay for college. I have been promised at least $1,000. As a senior citizen, I think I have been promised I will not have to pay any income taxes. I can’t keep track of all the promises to the middle class with the soaking of the rich. Lets turn down the bribes until he gains experience. I am willing!

Ready to tax, ready to spend, but not ready to lead.


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