We keep hearing from the Obama Reelection team about Governor Romney’s qualifications to be President. David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign said “No one’s arguing whether Mitt Romney’s qualified to be president. What we’re arguing is whether he’s qualified to call himself a job-creator.” However, that is just not true. About two weeks ago Vice President Biden said "That doesn't mean that private equity guys are bad guys; they're not. But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber!" What we should be asking ourselves is whether being a CEO prepares you for the Presidency more than serving part of one term in the U.S. Senate.
Great CEOs are a unique breed in the business world. It takes an individual who can put together a team of very qualified leaders who are highly talented in the various aspects of the business; product development, marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, legal, etc. They have to trust them to run their own department, but must know when to pull in the reigns. They have to be able to make very hard decisions when the opinions from the various departments conflict. This is not a position for someone who thinks that they know it all. It is a lot like the office of President of the United States, which is basically the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Federal Government.
In addition to his experience as CEO of Bain Capital, Romney was the Governor of the thirteenth most populous state, Massachusetts. I am sure that Axelrod had no concerns with whether President Clinton’s experience as Governor of Arkansas qualified him for the Presidency. That position has prepared four of our previous five Presidents: George W Bush (Texas), William J Clinton (Arkansas), Ronald Reagan (California), and James Carter (Georgia).
Is Governor Romney as qualified as then Senator Obama was when he was running for President in 2008. Do we need to be reminded that during the six months before the election, Senator Obama did not vote in over 80% of Senate votes.
Again this side show is an attempt to distract us from the real issues: Jobs, Economic Growth, and Unemployment.