August 5, 2008

Executive Summary

I received this in email earlier today...

I know that some of you don't like to read long, drawn-out missives -- so here's the executive summary on the presidential race:

John McCain:  22 years in the Military followed by 26 years in Congress

Barack Obama:  0 Military Time, 143 days in Congress

Well, he was elected to the US Senate in the 2004 election, so he started serving in early 2005... so that's a little bit of an exaggeration... but he is a first term senator from Illinois.  He was elected after incumbent Senator Jack Ryan, husband of Jeri Ryan (see above) of Star Trek Voyager (and other fine shows), dropped out of the race after reports of sex club activity were released from his divorce papers. 

So Obama has served more than 143 days, but has not been working much in the Senate since he began running for president.  There is quite an experience factor. 

Let's say you're looking to get a new roof on your house... do you want to hire a guy who only started a year or two ago?  Or one who's seen it all and then some.  How much do references matter?

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