Presidential Experience

What kind of job experience could possibly prepare you to be the president or Prime Minister of a country? Experience as a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) would prepare you to be a dictator, but not the leader of a democratic country. A CEO ’s single-minded goal is to fire as many people as possible in order to maximise profit. A president has to balance the diverse interests and needs, not just financial, of all the citizens. A president can’t just order things be done. He can’t just fire the opposition politicians blocking him. He has to deal, persuade, bribe, threaten, sell, spin, blackmail, use the bully pulpit and/or wear down to create the rough consensus needed to get anything done. It is a bit like being a CEO without the power to fire anyone who does not get onboard. The best experience would thus be mayor of a large city or governor/Premier of a state or province or perhaps a salesman of high end products.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)