Criticism of Obama has been well-earned

info@islandpacket.comNovember 25, 2013 

I'm responding to a recent letter disparaging individuals who question President Barack Obama's qualifications to serve as president. The author mentioned that the same folks who criticize Obama's qualifications "usually worship President Reagan, whose experience was B-grade movies."

I would point out to the author one glaring omission in his version of Ronald Reagan's resume. In addition to working as an actor, Reagan served eight years as governor of California, a state with a population and gross state product greater than those of Canada.

A total of 20 presidents served as state or territorial governors before assuming the presidency, and there's a reason they were considered for, and elected to, our nation's highest office. Successful governors are proven executives. The office of governor presents a unique opportunity to develop the skills required to deal with a huge bureaucracy and an often recalcitrant legislature and judiciary -- an opportunity certainly not provided in law school or even in state legislatures or the Senate.

The author of the letter suggests racism as the cause for comments critical of Obama's qualifications, but that's just too easy; in fact, it's wrong and insulting. In reality, many of the comments, probably most, are legitimate responses to the administration's abysmal performance (Obamacare, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, and NSA).

David Reynolds


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