He Would Be President If He Had More Experience
A lot of people say that Mr. Obama could be a wonderful President if he just had more experience. It’s funny because as a contract database application developer, I’ve been dismissed with the same argument. I have more than twenty years of application development and maintenance experience and yet I’ve had so many recruiters tell me that I didn’t get the job because I needed just a little more or I didn’t have the right kind of software development experience or I didn’t have the exact experience the company was looking for. And it was not like I was applying for anything out of my field. With a background firmly in Visual Basic, SQL, Oracle, and Access, I wasn’t applying for a job as a C++ developer. I applied for jobs that, based on my experience and the job description, I was qualified for. So trust me, I can relate to the judgments being levied at Mr. Obama.
I really am not a fan of Senator Barack Obama by any stretch of the imagination. I think the way Mr. Obama dropped kick his former pastor Jeremiah Wright to the curb was disgraceful And Mr. Obama’s speech to the black community about the need for black men to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their children was another shameful pander to reinforce negative black community stereotypes. If Ms. Sarah Palin’s seventeen year old, five month pregnant daughter is any indication, out of wedlock pregnancies appear to be an attribute of the white community as well. Mr. Obama works to distance himself from the issues that continue to plague the black community. Mr. Obama cannot bother to participate in functions rooted in black community or in black history. He declined to appear at the State of the Black Union hosted by Tavis Smiley and Tom Joyner and sent his regards to the ceremonies designed to remember the death of Doctor King earlier this year even though he was given notice of these events weeks, possibly months, in advance.
But try as I might I cannot sit back and watch Mr. Obama suffer the slander and liable from his political opponents without saying something in his defense. The bottom line is that Mr. Obama is a black man that is regularly and unfairly attacked by people who have a blatant disdain for black men. Some of the issues that Mr. Obama faces in his campaign for the White House are the type of issues that many black men face on a regular basis when they have to sell themselves for an opportunity to members of the racially generic dominant culture that is predominantly white.
The hoopla over the nomination of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is a case in point for this phenomenon. Here is an arguably under qualified white woman being used as a countermeasure against a very qualified black candidate. People are actually saying that the woman whose political history consist of twenty months of being the Governor of one of the least populated state in the union, serving as Mayor for the municipality of Wasilla, Alaska with a total population of about six or seven thousand, and who served a couple of terms on the Wasilla city council. People want to give her credit for standing up to powerfully connected political figures to stop the boondoggle known as the bridge to nowhere. But that bridge was sunk before Ms. Palin ever thought she could even run for Mayor. Her education consists of a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987, where she also minored in political science.
And she is Barack Obama’s political equal or, even more preposterous, his superior? She is the equal of a man who has spent the past four years as the junior United States Senator from Illinois. He served on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, the committee for Environment and Public Works, the committee for Veterans’ Affairs, the committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the committee for Homeland Security, and the committee for Governmental Affairs. He also became Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on European Affairs. Mr. Obama served as state legislator in Illinois for two terms.
His education consists of a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specialization in international relations from Columbia University in New York City Mr. Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988 and at the end of his freshman year, he was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review based on his grades and a writing competition. In his sophomore year he was elected president of the Law Review, functioning as editor-in-chief and supervising the law review’s staff. In 1990 as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, he was widely reported and followed by several long, detailed profiles. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. The publicity from his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. In an effort to recruit him to their faculty, the University of Chicago Law School provided Mr. Obama with a fellowship and an office to work on his book. The result was Mr. Obama’s book published as Dreams from My Father. Mr. Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years. And people want to minimize and even dismiss all of his accomplishments by saying Sarah Palin is his political experience superior.
The other night during the Republican National Convention, the vice presidential nominee herself dismissed Mr. Obama’s experience with a quip to thunderous applause that as Mayor, she had responsibilities than do not apply to a community organizer, a not so subtle reference to Mr. Obama’s early experiences. However, what other United States Senator is known as nothing more than a community organizer? What other United States Senator is reduced to what he or she did early in their political careers? With such disrespect for the office of United States Senator, it’s a wonder that Ms. Palin is not the presidential candidate and Mr. McCain is her vice presidential pick. Mr. Obama has just as much executive government experience as his Republican rival. But not a single person is saying that Mr. McCain needs some executive experience such as the Mayor of the metropolis of Wasilla, Alaska in order to prepare himself for the presidency.
Like a lot of qualified black men looking to get an unbelievably fantastic, first time ever for a black man, job opportunity, whether intentionally or not, Mr. Obama has to face a lot of prejudices intended to keep him from succeeding. Without lifting a finger to find his qualifications, too many people are ready to dismiss his experience and downplay his wisdom and intelligence and minimize his education while propping up a white woman who, politically speaking, just fell off the turnip truck. Ever since Mr. Obama became the presumptive nominee, Senator John McCain and his associates have been arguing that Mr. Obama does not have the experience or the judgment to lead this country in its plight to recover after eight years of miserably poor leadership. And then Mr. McCain selects as his running mate a woman who’s just a bachelor’s degree above Ellie Mae Clampett. And the vast majority of America doesn’t see anything in the world wrong with this comparison. It’s no wonder black people find it hard to have their experience and education taken seriously when they are doing their best to get a job.