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  1. #1 Barack Obama - The Least Experienced Major-Party Presidential Candidate in 64 Years 
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    http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/07/11/231932.php

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    While there is not unanimity as to what types of experience should be considered necessary for a presidential candidate to possess, there is a general consensus that the following four categories are relevant. They are:

    - White House (Vice-Presidential and Presidential) experience
    - Gubernatorial (Governor) experience
    - Congressional (US House and US Senate) experience
    - Military experience

    Other kinds of experience (owner/manager of a business/corporation, secretary of a Cabinet-level office, mayor, state legislator, diplomat, attorney, judge, etc.) can be helpful to a candidate for the presidency, but are not by themselves usually considered qualifying experience. (Just ask Steve Forbes, Alan Keyes, Rudy Giuliani, or Elizabeth Dole, to name but a few recent examples.)

    So. What follows is an objective list of the relevant, qualifying experience each major-party presidential nominee had under his belt at the time of the presidential election, dating back to 1944. (Note: Some rounding had to be used for partial terms in office. Any errors, computational or otherwise, are my own, and are unintentional.).....

    George W. Bush
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) 4 (President of the United States)
    Gubernatorial Experience 6 (Governor of Texas)
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) - 0
    Military Experience 5 (Texas Air National Guard; Alabama Air National Guard [1968-73])
    *Total Experience 15 years

    John F. Kerry
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) - 0
    Gubernatorial Experience 0
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) 20 (United States Senate - Massachusetts)
    Military Experience 12 (United States Naval Reserve [1966-78])
    *Total Experience 32 years

    2000

    George W. Bush
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) - 0
    Gubernatorial Experience - 6 (Governor of Texas)
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) - 0
    Military Experience - 5 (Texas Air National Guard; Alabama Air National Guard [1968-73])
    *Total Experience 11 years

    Al Gore
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) 8 (Vice-President of the United States)
    Gubernatorial Experience - 0
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) 16 (House of Representatives Tennessee; United States Senate Tennessee)
    Military Experience 2 (United States Army [1969-71])
    *Total Experience 26 years

    1996

    Bill J. Clinton
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) 4 (President of the United States)
    Gubernatorial Experience 12 (Governor of Arkansas)
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) - 0
    Military Experience - 0
    *Total Experience 16 years

    ....(The List goes back to 1944)

    2008

    John S. McCain
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) - 0
    Gubernatorial Experience - 0
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) - 26 (House of Representatives - Arizona; United States Senate - Arizona)
    Military Experience - 23 (United States Navy [1958-1981])
    *Total Experience - 49 years

    Barack H. Obama
    White House Experience (Vice-President + President) - 0
    Gubernatorial Experience - 0
    Congressional Experience (House + Senate) 4 (United States Senate Illinois)
    Military Experience - 0
    *Total Experience 4 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Just another pretty face with an empty head slipping and sliding from one side to the other !
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    If you start your experience at the time they begin their run for office instead of letting them carry out their full current term and counting that, Obama's experience would not even be one year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LibraryLady View Post


    HA HA that is great. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Constitutionally Speaking View Post
    If you start your experience at the time they begin their run for office instead of letting them carry out their full current term and counting that, Obama's experience would not even be one year.
    Exactly. He's an empty suit.
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