This week has seen Barack Obama’s success in securing the position of 44th President of the United States of America. Our new President-elect is now in a transition phase from senator to President, formally taking this office in January 2009. I for one welcome the change. Sorry folks, to those of you living in the USA and who voted for G.W Bush, but my thoughts and views of this man have been little more than thinking he was a wooden, power hungry clown; as I see him strutting off his planes and doing that power walk, arms marching out to the sides. It is widely now considered and accepted that his presidency has been disastrous, not only for those people who elected him but for the whole world’s stage.
But this short blog is not to discuss him but ask an important question. What actual qualifications do a man or women need to have to become a President of any country? For my occupation, I had to train three years to acquire the skills and knowledge to become a registered nurse. A teacher has to spend three years obtaining a degree and then a further year securing a post-grad teaching qualification. Doctors, architects, vets and pilots spend much longer obtaining their tickets to practice. Why? Because these positions are very important ones concerning the education of our young minds, the healing and care of the sick and the safety of people and buildings.
Now back to the president’s post: As I understand it, the senators from each party choose two senators to stand for that party in the race to the White House. We see two candidates then fighting it out for the people’s vote. ie: such as we saw with Hiliary Clinton and Barack Obama. (Please I am open to any correction, I am no authority on this process at all). Then once we have one candidate from each side (Democrat V Republican) the battle ground to succeed to the top slot really begins. All I am asking is, how can be measure what these candidates can really do and how good are they in all aspects of this huge position that is required of them? One of these people will, once elected, hold the black box ready to give the nod if a nuclear strike should be made. Pretty important stuff being one of the most powerful people on the planet.
A few thoughts to leave you with. Ronald Regan was an actor before his presidency. Sarah Plain has been criticisied on Fox news for thinking that Africa was a country, not a continent and not knowing what Nafta, (North American Free Trade Agreement) stood for. Also for not knowing the two other countries that make up this trade organisation, excluding the USA as the third. By-the-way the answer is Canada and Mexico. Arnold schwarzenegger is the Governor of California, and I understand a good one, but he was once the Terminator in the well-known action movie.
Can you see my point? Discuss!