Great responses to the OP
While I didn’t vote for Barack, he is now the President-Elect and has my full support. I think there is a reasonable chance that this man can begin the process of healing in the US that is so badly wanted and needed.
As with any recovery, this is an essential early step.
Barack is far from stupid. First off, this man is extremely articulate, polished and a very effective communicator. He looks and acts presidential…how badly is this needed for starters?..look at the last 8 years!
The downside is his lack of experience, particularly when compared to McCain. This is one of the primary reasons he did not get my vote, but experience certainly is not the end-all and be-all.
Here is the Murray-Blessing 1982 survey of conservative and liberal historians of the most popular presidents.
Pretty darn close, aren’t they?
[B]Take note of the “executive experience”[/B]
[I][B] Rank Liberals (n=190)… Conservatives (n=50)[/B]
1 Lincoln… Lincoln
2 Franklin Roosevelt… Washington
3 Washington… Franklin Roosevelt
4 Jefferson… Jefferson
5 Theodore Roosevelt … Theodore Roosevelt
6 Wilson… Jackson
7 Jackson… Truman
8 Truman… Wilson
9 LB Johnson… Eisenhower
10 John Adams… John Adams
The number one spot by Libs and Cons was Lincoln. Lincoln had no executive experience upon assuming the presidency. His political experience being in the state legislature
Number 2 on the conservative list and number 3 on the liberal list was Washington. He had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency. His political experience being in local legislative and judicial positions.
Number 2 on the liberal list and number 3 on the conservative list is FDR. He had no executive experience before assuming the presidency. His experience was in state legislature.
Number 4 on both lists is Thomas Jefferson. His only executive experience was as governor of Virginia for 2 years.
Number 5 on both lists is Theodore Roosevelt. His only executive experience was 2 years as governor of New York.
Number 6 on the conservative list and 7 on the liberal list is Andrew Jackson. He had no executive experience prior to becoming president. His experience was in federal legislature.
Number 6 on the liberal list and 8 on the conservative list was Woodrow Wilson. Wilson had 2 years experience as governor of New Jersey.
Number 7 on the conservative list and 8 on the liberal list is Truman. Truman had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency.
number 9 on the liberal list is LBJ. LBJ had no executive experience prior to assuming the presidency. All in federal legislative branch.
number 9 on the conservative list is Eisenhower. Eisenhower had zero executive experience prior to assuming the presidency.
Number 10 on both lists is John Adams. John Adams had no executive experience before becoming president.
There you have it. The top 11 presidents with a sum total of 6 years executive experience.[/I]
In any case, Barack waged a brilliant campaign and he was elected…[B]fairly[/B].
People vote for their 'President " for all kinds of reasons, logical and illogical, and always have.
I don’t think there’s much to be gained by pointing fingers.
This divisiveness has done much to damage the country.
It needs to end and end now.
He certainly has a tough road ahead and as stated above, he will have to produce results.
Let’s give him his honeymoon period here before he takes the reins.
I, for one, can’t wait to see what he does when he assumes the Oval Office and whom he appoints to the big 4 Cabinet posts…Treasury, Defense, State and Attorney General.