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Basic Biittner: "Overqualified" for President?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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I cannot, and will not, endorse any Presidential candidate, nor will this newspaper. However, here's something to ponder.

I normally tune out political ads, especially after the point where they seem to run continually. However, an ad which was an early arrival in the advertising for the 2008 Presidential election - which is still more than 14 months away, by the way- caught my eye as a truly clever bit.

In the spot, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is interviewing for the job of President of the United States. The interviewer, after citing Richardson's resume states that, quite frankly, he feels that Richardson is "overqualified" for the position. The point being that Richardson has a vast amount of experience in several areas - locally, nationally, and internationally - and that presidents don't usually have such an all-inclusive background.

Let us consider the most recent occupants of the White House. First, we have "W," who previously served as a state governor, oil man, and Major League Baseball owner; Bill Clinton, who also served as a governor; George H.W., who was a baseball player, decorated Navy flyer, oil man, Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Representative, Director of the C.I.A., and Vice President; Ronald Reagan - star of radio, movies and TV - and also a Governor; Jimmy Carter - Navy submarine officer and Governor; Gerald Ford - college football player, Congressman, and non-elected Vice President; and Richard Nixon - congressman, Vice President, and defeated Gubernatorial candidate.

Bill Richardson? He's been a Congressman, Energy Secretary, UN Ambassador, and Governor of New Mexico. Overqualified? Sounds pretty much like qualifications you would want in a president- which, of course, is the tongue-in-cheek point the little known Richardson is trying to make. If one throws in the fact that he, like Obama and Hillary, is a minority candidate - his mother was Mexican, and he grew up in Mexico City- and the sometimes overlooked, but I feel essential, quality of having a sense of humor - as witnessed not only by his "overqualified" political ad , but also the fact that he was a frequent guest on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show when it was on the air - I think Governor Richardson's experience in Congress, the Statehouse, the Cabinet, and international politics, and the fact that he has spoken fluent Spanish all his life and has an understanding of the largest (racial) minority in the United States- makes him a uniquely qualified candidate for President.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner