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Let me preface this blog by stating that nobody comes into the job of POTUS with any on-the-job experience. A vice president can rightfully claim to be experienced for the job based on the simple fact that he or she had been part of the Executive Branch in a previous administration. The fact remains that a vice president is not the President despite the fact that they might have assumed the position for a few hours while the President was under anaestesia getting a tooth pulled.

So in spite of the claims by Hillary and McCain that they are more experienced, I see both of them in the same category as BO. They have experience in other areas but not the presidency. Hillary slept in the White House for eight years. That does not qualify as experience.

The current issue of TIME magazine has a cover page article titled “Does Experience Matter in a President?” which examines the work experience of all forty three Presidents prior to their ascendency to the job. There is also a related story “The Science of Experience” in the same magazine that examines experience in further detail. I strongly encourage those of you who are unsure about who to vote for in the upcoming elections to take a look at these stories and get some perspective on this issue.

I remember coming out of college having to explain to prospective employers that my lack of practical experience as a cobol programmer stems from the simple fact that no one was willing to give a rookie a chance. I am greatly indebted to my first boss Becky Piatt who was willing to give me a prove myself.

Have a look-see and let me know what you think. 

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