"When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service before he's running?"
"In theory, we could find someone who is a gifted television commentators and let them run. They'd have only one year less experience in national politics..."
- Bill Clinton
Now let's see...how many years of experience in national politics did Bill Clinton have when he was elected president?
Oh yeah, none.
What had Clinton done on the national stage before he ran for president? He gave the keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention. How did that go?
"As it turned out, his keynote address was long-winded and policy-laden, lasting for far more than an hour. Some delegates nodded off and others crept out of the hall as Clinton kept talking. As he prepared to wind up his remarks, a roar of relief erupted from those who had stayed to the end."
Now what later presidential candidate made his first national appearance in the same role? And how did that go?
"Senatorial candidate Barack Obama stirs the crowd at the Democratic Convention with stories of equality and hope in America."
“I’ve been involved in government for over a decade. The notion that there is a particular kind of experience that he has had or his wife has had that is more relevant, I would dispute. I believe that I have the experience that the country needs right now.”Sphere: Related Content
- Barack Obama