As is his habit, President Obama politicized a college commencement speech at Rutgers by launching political broadsides at Donald Trump for wanting to secure the border, enforce immigration laws and “make America great again.”
Of course, Obama reminded us that America wasn’t always so great (the standard fallback for liberals when Republicans point out that certain things, like job growth and national security, were better before they came into power is to accuse Republicans of wanting to bring back slavery, Jim Crow laws and the KKK, three Democratic traditions that Republicans fought to destroy).
It’s not easy to keep your eyes from rolling as Obama bloviates about how a wall won’t protect America from destabilized foreign nations or exotic diseases, when his own policies are destabilizing those nations and allowing people with those diseases to waltz right on in. But I had to do a double take when Obama went into a mocking comedy routine about how the presidency shouldn’t be entrusted to someone with no experience.
He said experience matters with doctors and pilots, so it should matter with presidents. In his best Correspondents’ Dinner delivery, he snarked to the laughing crowd, “It’s not cool to not know what you’re talkin’ about!”
It was actually a good decision to present this in the form of a comedy routine because otherwise, any thinking person’s reaction would be, “SERIOUSLY?!” Barack Obama is lecturing us on the dangers of electing a president with no experience?
I’d say his entire Administration has been an object lesson on the dangers of that. For the selling of the Iran nuclear deal, the inexperienced president even employed a “foreign policy expert” with no experience at foreign policy.
At least Trump has decades of experience as a manager and chief executive of a multi-billion-dollar, international corporation. Obama was sold to us by the media in 2008 as not merely the most qualified candidate of that year, but as the most qualified president in history, far more capable than underachieving slackers like Thomas Jefferson or Dwight Eisenhower.
This despite Obama having no business experience, no chief executive experience, no military experience, and a resume so empty that even he once described himself as a blank screen upon which each voter could project his or her own views. Even in politics, his background consisted of six years as one of 59 Illinois state senators, with a record that mostly consisted of voting “present,” followed by one-third of one unremarkable term as one of 100 U.S. senators before he began running for president.
Come to think of it, Hillary Clinton also has no private sector or elective chief executive experience. The only two things she was ever even appointed to run were health care reform in 1993 and the State Department.
And how did those gigs work out?
So I guess in this one instance, I actually agree with Obama. America desperately needs a president with real, successful, chief executive experience.
This essay originally posted on WesternJournalism.com HERE.