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Being a business manager for almost three decades, I have interviewed a number of people for job openings. My first review item is their professional resume, where I seek to understand the relevant background they possess. It is only after they pass that first phase that I sit face-to-face and ask them questions to determine if they have the requisite experience, intelligence, and motivation to be successful at the job.
I apply that same process when considering whom I will vote to hire to serve our country's interest at the local, state, and national levels. When I did that "resume review" for Barack Obama in 2007, it was obvious that he lacked the relevant background for a president.
In 2007, he campaigned on promises; in 2012, all I'm hearing is the same empty rhetoric. It appears that almost four years of on-the-job training has not enhanced Obama's resume.
In contrast, I find extensive relevant experience defined in Mitt Romney's and Paul Ryan's resumes. I heard several speakers at the Republican convention describe their own credentials, earned through life experiences, that qualified them to speak for these candidates.
At the Democratic Convention, I heard attack after attack on others vying for the job, but what I did not hear was anyone describing the relevant credentials of their candidate.
I did hear Obama's feel-good bloviating and his plea for more time to fix the problems he inherited that he could not fix because of gridlock in Congress. He failed to mention that his lack of leadership was a fundamental cause of gridlock.
But I heard nothing of substance that would make me consider hiring him for any managerial job, much less president.
Rex A. Hoover