Friday, March 14, 2008

Clinton and Obama: Experience?

At a recent press conference, Hillary Clinton reportedly said:
“I think I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I think Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White. And Senator Obama has a speech that he gave in 2002” (Hillary Clinton).
I hate to agree with Hillary but when she’s right, she’s right. Well, at least she’s right about McCain and Obama, but she has drastically overstated her own experience.

During the Clinton administration, Greg Craig was the assistant to the president and a senior foreign policy adviser to President Clinton. In an interview for National Journal he said about Hillary,
The point that I am making is that her claims of the nature of that experience are overstated. The fact is she did not sit in on national security meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the situation room. She conducted no negotiations. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy. She did not have her own national security staff. That's the fact.
Craig, who is an Obama supporter, went on to say “Now the experience that she did have -- watching and sometimes sitting in the room where discussions were going on and also meeting heads of state and foreign ministers -- that is good experience….”

Yeah, I suppose it is. I once watched and sat in on a meeting of Congress from the visitors’ gallery and that was a valuable experience too, but it hardly qualifies me to be president!

As it turns out, Hillary didn’t even have the security clearance to be involved in high level discussions so if her involvement was really as extensive as she says it was, perhaps we need a criminal investigation into just how much classified information Bill shared with his wife.

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