The Qualifications of a President

If you had the power to choose the President, wouldn't you want his or her resumé to blow you away?

Chances are you interviewed for a job or perhaps have done the interviewing. 

Getting the interview is usually a result of a good resume.  And a good resume usually means you have proficient experience that matches the job you are applying for.  When applying for a job as an executive, manager or president, usually leadership in your experience is paramount.

I can’t imagine large corporations or business’ hiring anyone for such high level positions that didn’t qualify for the job. These candidates for the job always have leadership experience, either on a level equal to or just lower than the position he or she is applying for.  Makes sense, right? 

Let’s take that same logic and apply it to the highest, toughest job in America, the President of the United States.  It shouldn’t surprise you that only 3 U.S. presidents in the past 180 years have neither military leadership experience nor governorship. The three are Hoover, Harding and Obama.

Why did I single out military leadership and governorship? Well it’s pretty simple and goes back to what I was saying before. A governor has experience as the chief executive running a state. And military experience tests your leadership in the most extreme conditions whether it’s training or combat. There is a reason why tons of military recruitment firms are trying to lure ex-military members to leadership positions in the business world. Not to mention one of the most important jobs as president is Commander In Chief, the leader of the military. 

Jumping from having zero leadership experience to the president has not worked.  On the job training for such a jump obviously has not worked.  As president you are expected to lead and make decisions. Some people are just not leaders.  And when it comes to the President of the United States, I want him or her to have the best resumé.   Let’s not take another gamble on someone who just speaks well and has no resumé.

This country needs proven leadership as a governor, executive or former military leader. And while congressmen and women have experience in politics, they usually just don’t have the leadership experience as an executive. At such a desperate time, who would you hire?

This country needs a “doer” and someone who is going to lead it. Hope only gets us so far. 

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profwilliams August 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM
jamie, Never let an off-the-hook rant lead you from basic reading comp. You had the insightful comment that mentioned a candidates family. To that I commented about Ms. Dunham. But sadly, your blind HATE (nothing funnier than good liberals showing their true colors; poor you, left blind in a corner, punch drunk, without bail.) Typical of a good liberal to LOVE everyone, so long as they agree with them. Oh, and how's that Harvard grad in the White House working' out for ya?
jamie August 22, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Sadly Profwilliams I wasnt one of the naive persons who assumed that President Obama was going to come into office and save the world the second he stepped in. Honestly I think he gets a lot shit from people because they had believed this. He's not a miracle worker nor is anyone else who is in government. I commend him for the effort and commitment he is making on turning things around. No one in their right mind or any sane person believed he was going to magically turn the country around in less than a year. It's only been 2 years and I believe that this rollercoaster markert we are living in now could have been far worse if he had not stepped in and tried to keep some sort structure and stability initially. Sure his plans are not perfect but I can guarantee you every single person barking their mouths in congress right now and those running for president could have not done anything better than what has already been done. It's easy for someone on the sidelines to critsize others when they arent in the position of dealing with something of this magnitdude. So to answer your question I am thrilled with the Harvard Graduate in the White House. I stand by the people I believe in and I'm not blinded by his charm and demeanor. I know he's an intelligent man who will get this right. If I could go back to 08 I still wouldnt have changed my voted based on what I know now. Luckily I'm in school & in a few years I know things will be back to the way it should be. I hate hypocrites.
Belleville Sentinel August 22, 2011 at 01:55 AM
In addition to the 3 Presidents you cite who had neither previous military nor governorship experience before becoming Commander in Chief, you may want to note that Taft had only a few months as Governor of the Philippines, while Van Buren was Governor of NY for only 3 months, which makes Palin look very tenured in comparison. And many would take exception to the claim the "W" had any credible military service (see awolbush.com), though he did get to play Governor of Texas.
Don August 22, 2011 at 02:13 AM
The Founders of this nation warned us that we should be very wary of giving corporations any more than the very modest powers they had then (they had to re-apply for a charter every ten years..) But we ignored their advice. Now they are people, we have corporate personhood, their money is their free speech. They own Washington. And America.
profwilliams August 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM
@Belleville, still fighting the Bush battles, huh? The guy's been out of office 2 years- enough! You sound like that Harvard grad jamie is still "thrilled" with, always blaming and pointing a finger at others, rather than leading. Bush is gone. That fight is over. That you continue with it- as does the "intelligent man" in the White House- shows how ineffective he's been. But then again, when we elect a no-experience smooth talker (only with a teleprompter, without if you've noticed, he's rather INarticulate), who fails to listen to others, or even lead in a manner like he suggested during the campaign, I shouldn't be surprised.
Don August 22, 2011 at 01:42 PM
See the film "Being There". Its still very topical. I think the point people are making about the GOP picking people like Bush, Palin, etc, is less about them, than it is about the willingness of the GOP to put this country in the hands of mentally defective figurehead leaders, simply because they meet a criteria of easy controllability or electability. Like Peter Sellers' character "Chauncey Gardiner" in the film "Being There".. Unlike the film's simple minded but good hearted and sincere Chauncey, "narcissists" are delusional, selfish people who often either literally believe that they are on a mission from God, or that they are "special" and the rules don't apply to them. They always are delusional in various ways. so when they lead, its often to a nations extreme detriment, but they are incredibly good liars, so good that they win elections. They seem to be attracted to politics because they want public adulation. They make up a large percentage of thse attracted to politics, and a number of other high-visibility occupations..etc. But they make terrible leaders because they ignore important signs that normal people see, and they lack a functioning conscience. Recently, scientists who do neuroimaging are making great progress on a neuroimaging toolkit that may be able to distinguish them from people without this condition. It would make a lot of sense to pre-screen candidates for public office for these differences and reject those that had it.
Nick Muson August 22, 2011 at 02:34 PM
"only with a teleprompter, without if you've noticed, he's rather INarticulate" And thus goes all credibility.Proves that you are strictly partisan and can be ignored.
Nick Muson August 22, 2011 at 02:35 PM
"They seem to be attracted to politics because they want public adulation" Did you come up with that one on your own? Wow. It would make a lot of sense to pre-screen candidates for public office for these differences and reject those that had it. You're kidding, right? That's crazy talk.
Don August 22, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Nickolas, no, I'm not kidding, The disorder I'm talking about is "narcissistic personality disorder" and its part of a cluster of similar issues that are caused, they think by a very lot of stress in early childhood - (and for that reason, its often passed on in families, dysfunctional ones) while the brain is developing, it never develops in a certain important way.. and the differences I'm talking about are visible using I think PET scanning, One defining feature of NPD is a lack of a moral compass, but they can conceal it VERY well. They have to. This is a good site on narcissists and how to recognize them. http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/ In the final analysis, I think we should feel some compassion for narcissists because they never have a normal emotional life. They see everything as a sort of tit for tat game, a level that most of us put behind us at around age seven or so. But, as I said, they hide it VERY well.
profwilliams August 22, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Hey Nick are you ignore him too? Not that I care (I don't), but this cannot be the first time you heard- or haven't you ever seen the guy talk without his teleprompter- lots of "UMS," "YOU KNOWS" and "AHS," and constant stammering. Like him or not, you haven't noticed this? And you cannot call me a partisan, friend. I am an Independent who happily voted for Obama. But, I am DISAPPOINTED and not scared to say why. So while it might ease your mind to believe that someone who is critical of Obama is some kind right-wing, partisan zealot-- that ain't me. Thinking further, I think he's been a terrible President because he failed to follow through on his words and beliefs. I don't have time for people like that! Oh, and his "evolving" position on "gay" marriage is simply unconscionable. But then again, I'm a partisan. And you're ignoring me.
Don August 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Here is one citation - this is what I was talking about: Sheng T, Gheytanchi A, Aziz-Zadeh L (2010) Default Network Deactivations Are Correlated with Psychopathic Personality Traits. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12611. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0012611
Kyle Martinowich August 22, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Joanne Smythe August 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Nice article Michael. The hysterics it generated are predictable. It's an absolute fact Obama came into office with zero experience, as Obama admits himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BnLozS-TnM The American people unfortunately elected a Cult of Personality.
Don August 23, 2011 at 02:31 AM
GOPers, make up your minds, one minute experience is a liability, the next, its what you want? Look, for your agenda, Obama is about as close as you could have possibly gotten. A great many of your own voted for him in the primaries! Remember in 2008 when he and Hilary were neck and neck? A huge number of GOP voters crossed over to vote for Obama, I guess because they didn't want Hilary.
Deborah Fortune August 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM
Well said!
Michael Philips August 23, 2011 at 04:39 PM
KKK? Seriously? Ands that's why people should not take anything else you say seriously. Can we try to keep these comments civilized please. Thanks.
Pucci August 23, 2011 at 04:45 PM
"Another problem that this town has is that we allow some undocumented people who are driving around in some of the best cars to drain our system" ???????????? Are you related to Don?
profwilliams August 23, 2011 at 06:01 PM
I don't think KKK remark is uncivil. Just wrong. To compare a group of peaceful, albeit loud Americans, who were formed in a believe our debt is out of control, and are only concerned with budget issues with the KKK shows a lack of knowledge of what the KKK was and the scar on American values that it is. Moreover, like Black Republicans, there are Black tea party leaders too. And what they share is the typical response by some: SELLOUT, UNCLE TOMS.... So sad when some folks believe that one must only think and believe in a certain orthodoxy.
Nick Muson August 23, 2011 at 06:32 PM
I think the KKK reference was completely over-the-top. It's pretty easy to criticize the tea parties total bs without resorting to mindless insults. However " Americans, who were formed in a believe our debt is out of control, and are only concerned with budget issue" is an equally ridiculous generalization. It's a myth. The tea party is concerned with G-O-D.
Sara M August 23, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Prof, I dont think you would do a better job speaking without a teleprompter yourself. Your comments are based on the Hannity, Levine and Rush Ideologies. Bush is gone for two years but the damage is eternal. He was a governor too. You should have noticed that he could not articulate himself either, with or without a teleprompter. As a prof as you claim to be, you should spell out your words (he's). Well so much for you. The inarticulate president that you spoke about did won the election by a landslide against the Governor from Alaska who you would like to see become the next president. Atleast this President is still fighting and has not quit midway because people are criticizing him everyday. Think about this, do you believe Sarah Palin is a leader? The only GOP candidate with any type of substance is Mitt Romney, but the GOP is so divided, I dont believe that you can come together to elect him president. Why not appeal to your party and ask them to come together. This may be the turning point for America. If you truly believe that the GOP can do a better job, please appeal to them to come together. Unity is strength. A house that is divided against itself cannot stand. Best wishes Prof, all of us out here, Republicans, liberals, and Independents want to see this country prosper. So if the GOP can do a better job please tell them to come together. Today 80% of America disapprove of Congress. The GOP controls the House. This is not looking good prof.
profwilliams August 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Saying it don't make it true, Nick. There is no real evidence from real leaders (elected officials) in the Tea Party that even suggests that. Moreover, the Tea Party's insistence on a Balanced Budget Amendment during he debt ceiling debate kinda shows their priorities. But if your comment is based on what some in the "party" may believe, then I guess those fools who claim the Dems are only concerned with A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N are correct too. However, it seems the discussion here has devolved into slags and sides (not sure it ever was evolved, despite the interesting topic), so perhaps I'll see you on another topic.
Sara M August 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM
This was published today WASHINGTON -A new AP-GfK poll shows Americans' outlook for the economy has dimmed since earlier this summer. It also shows confidence in President Barack Obama's handling of the economy has slipped, even among fellow Democrats. But the poll also shows more adults blame former President George W. Bush for the nation's economic woes than Obama. And the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on Obama's re-election prospects. Nearly half of those surveyed think he should get a second term, about the same level as in June, when the last poll was taken.
Nick Muson August 25, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Sara, the real problem is that while the right absolutely loved GW while he was POTUS, the fact remains that it is already accepted knowledge that he was one of the worst ever. They can't take it. They need to write themselves ridiculous stories about Obama to make themselves feel better. They are concerned with rehabilitating GW's (and by extension, their own) image and nothing more. So in one breath Obama is a sniveling weakling who can't do anything, and in the next he's Master Socialist cunningly plotting the destruction of capitalism. It's why all the people on the right who cheered (and sneered) while GW and a repub congress led the country with the worst jobs record since the depression and added $1T to the public debt are suddenly new converts to bashing the president over his jobs and debt record. Without a hint of irony. And now they cry "Stop blaming Bush!" like school children (as if they've ever stopped blaming Carter and Clinton for pretty much everything). It's projection, plain and simple. They blame Obama for the things they did to themselves.
Sara M August 26, 2011 at 01:46 AM
WASHINGTON -Americans are plenty angry at Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests. The poll finds the tea party has lost support, Republican House Speaker John Boehner is increasingly unpopular and people are warming to the idea of not just cutting spending but also raising taxes — anathema to the GOP — just as both parties prepare for another struggle with deficit reduction. To be sure, there is plenty of discontent to go around. The poll finds more people are down on their own member of Congress, not just the institution, an unusual finding in surveys and one bound to make incumbents particularly nervous. In interviews, some people said the debt standoff itself, which caused a crisis of confidence to ripple through world markets, made them wonder whether lawmakers are able to govern at all.
Jon August 26, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Bush took over a $5.727 trillion national debt and when he left the national debt was $10.626 trillion. That was 8 years and in increase of about $5 Trillion Obama went from $10.626 trillion to $14.649 trillion in national debt which is about $4 Trillion.. in less than 3 years!!! Both not good. One worse then the other. Average unemployment rate under Bush was 5.3%. Under Obama it has been 9.5% But it’s Okay because Bush inherited everything so great and Obama inherited everything so bad…. Right. I heard the earthquake was Bush’s fault too.
Nick Muson August 26, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Jon, let me try and respond to you without being as snarky as I usually am. :-) First, let me disagree with your numbers a little. My biggest problem with Americans in general and wingers in particular is the tossing out of statistics without context or worse in the wrong context. For one thing, it doesn't make any sense to judge a POTUS by his debt-per-day stat. Even if I agree with your stats, they are basically meaningless. But my point is not that Obama is great and Bush was horrible. My point is that a lot of people on the right are not interested in an honest debate, so why bother? You have a political axe to grind, and you are only looking for stats that back up your already completely formed opinion. I can't take someone seriously who can flip and flop with the wind like today's right. Amount Obama raised the debt vs. Amount Bush raised the debt not that different Amount republicans froth at the mouth over Obama raising the debt vs. Amount republicans frothed at the mouth over Bush raising the debt 1,000,000 to 1 Amount of jobs created under Obama vs. Amount of jobs created under Bush: similar Amount that republicans cared about jobs under Obama vs. Amount that republicans cared about jobs under Bush 1,000,000 to 1
Don August 27, 2011 at 02:41 AM
The GOP seems obsessed about exporting any kind of good job that people without a lot of money or connections can get. They wanted to hurt the labor unions, which donate to Dems so they try to privatize or globalize those jobs which typically means that formerly good jobs get exported elsewhere in exchange for access to markets overseas. That puts money that used to stay here in the pockets of the owners of the companies, they get bigger profits because those jobs pay the people who do them a fraction fo what they pay here, and often that money stays overseas forever after that happens. Whats happening is that the middle class which used to be a global engine of prosperity, is rapidly vanishing. Who will buy the products of these companies. They can't sell their products overseas in exclusion of local providers there forever.. They are making a big mistake, cutting off their own noses to spite their face. It took us a lot of work and social capital to build our middle class, the envy of the world, in the postwar boom era, and now they are happily throwing that all away. Dumb move, one that will hurt Republicans as much as Democrats without doubt, if not more. If you look at the map, the states with the most rapidly worsening poverty and the biggest foreclosure problems are the red states.. We should stop trying to make noise and start trying to make music.
Don August 27, 2011 at 02:54 AM
The tea party meme is to a great degree fake, largely another fake "grassroots" group - financed by the corporate special interests who benefit from the policies they push..they are not outsiders, and they aren't pro jobs, they are pro deregulation of exporting jobs, a diversion tactic, which is totally big business..These days the PR firms who do that stuff (it started with the tobacco lobby..) do a lot of business pretending lots more people exist who want things that are againt their own interests, even in the blogosphere. They know that politicians believe it when they get a letter that it was written by a real person.. Often thats not true.
Don August 27, 2011 at 02:57 AM
I don't think Obama or any politician has the power t create jobs. I suspect that the only thing Obama could have done which would have really helped the economy was the thing that he had to agree NOT to do as a condition of being nominated.. That was/is ACTUALLY FIX, for real, not fake, FIX, health care. God help us.
Don August 27, 2011 at 03:16 AM
It seems as if unskilled jobs are vanishing all around the world. Even in countries that are growing economically, that often does not mean more jobs. Especially, unskilled jobs are vanishing. We should be investing in education, and making life easier on people who can no longer find jobs. People may be retiring involuntarily - but its reality, we should not pretend that its going to go back to the way it was before.. it won't. the workplace is changing. Companies do what they do with fewer people. Politicians who pretend this is not a trend are doing their constituents a disservice. We need to be more realistic about what is required to keep people working and create new businesses and growth. We have a lot of strengths, but often they seem to feel threatened by those strengths, not hapy about them... Things like the much denigrated academic sector are the best looking, most solid job creators we have, so thats not smart.. For example, billion dollar businesses seem to sprout out of places like stanford university and MIT.. like mushrooms after a rain.. Those businesses create real jobs..


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