And I don’t pretend to have any expertise outside of my field, which is why I am so offended by the conceit of congresscritters like Barbara Boxer, or Barney Frank. Every president leading up to Obama, had actually done something in their life and now, as we are seeing, experience matters.
I agree, and that is one of the main arguments I have against GW Bush. What did he accomplish before becoming Governor of Texas? He ran three oil companies into bankruptcy and was the titular head of the Texas Rangers baseball team, where he made several million dollars off the Tarrant County Texas taxpayers after threatening to move the team unless they built a new stadium. If his daddy wasn’t rich and well connected GW Bush would be known as nothing more than an abysmal failure.
What did Ronald Reagan accomplish before becoming president? He spent WW II making propaganda films for the Department of Defense. He was a bad actor. As Governor of California he helped pass Prop 13, which set up the state for its current continuing financial troubles. As president he was a disaster. George Bush I wasn’t much better. We all know Clinton’s failures.
Let’s go back a bit further. Lyndon Johnson was a consummate politician, nothing more. He was so good a politician that dead people voted for him.
Presidents have been going downhill since Harry Truman, and the trend is getting worse.