Maybe Geraldine Ferraro was Right?
by nikkid, Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 11:12:54 PM EDT
DOES EXPERIENCE MATTER?
Here's a quick background (from wikipedia) on all the President's since FDR:
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT - Democrat - served 8 terms. Was 51 when he took office. Was a State Senator from NY, Secretary of the Navy, Governor of NY, then President. Milestones: Depression, New Deal, Unemployment drop from 24% to 2%, Social Security, WWII.
HARRY S. TRUMAN - Democrat - served 2 terms. Was 61 yrs when he became Pres. Was VP under Roosevelt. Was 2 term US Senator from Missouri, served in WWI, was also a judge. Milestones: Manhattan Project/Atomic Bomb, creation of UN, Cold War, Marshall Paln, creation of Israel and NATO, Mccarthyism.
DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER - Republican - served 2 terms. Age 63. Served 2 terms. Was a General and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Milestones: Interstate Highway system, civil rights, Hawaii/Alaska become states.
JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY - Democrat - served less than 1 term due to assasination. Age 44 when he was President. Mass House of Rep, 7 years in US Senator Mass. Served in Navy WWII, received medal for PT109. Milestones: Cuban missle crisis, bay of pigs, space program, civil rights movement, beginning of vietnam war.
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON - Democrat - served out remaining JFK term and 1 more term, did not run again. Age 55 when he was Pres. Was VP under Kennedy. Texas house of rep, then US Senator from Texas, was Majority Leader. Served in WWII. Milestones: civil rights, great society: medicaid/medicare, war on poverty, vietnam.
RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON - Republican - served 1 1/2 terms due to impeachment/resignation in 2nd term. Age 56 when he was Pres. Navy Lt Commander WWII. Milestones: Foreign policy: treaty with Soviet Union, China Visit, Vietnam War, Integration, created EPA.
GERALD RUDOLPH FORD - Republican - served 3 years taking over from Nixon, did not win reelection. Was VP under Nixon when Agnew resigned. 28 years in House (Michigan), also was Majority Leader. Milestones: pardoned Nixon.
JAMES EARL (JIMMY) CARTER, JR - Democrat - served 1 term, was not reelected. Was Govenor of Georgia for 1 term, also GA state senator. Age 53 when he was Pres. Served in the Navy. Milestones: Energy Crisis, Iran Hostage Crisis, Economic inflation, airline deregulation, Panama Canal.
RONALD WILSON REAGAN - Republican - served 2 terms. Age 70 when he became President (oldest so far). 2 term CA Govenor. Army Air Force. Milestones: Air Traffic controller strike, "Reganomic", Grenada, End of cold war, war on drugs, Iran-Contra.
GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH - Republican - served 1 term, was not reelected. Age 65 when he became Pres. TX US house of Rep, UN Ambassador, Dir of CIA, VP under Reagan. WWII Navy. Milestones: Panama Invasion, Gulf War, large deficit/economic problems.
WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON - Democrat - served 2 terms. Age 47 when he became President. (3rd youngest after Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt). Arkansas Attorney General, 3 term Govenor of Arkansas. First non-military (no military experience) President. Milestones: Turned economy around (to surplus), family medical leave, gays serve in military (don't ask don't tell), children's health care, Iraq, Kosovo, Lewinsky Scandal/Impeachment, America Corp.
GEORGE WALKER BUSH - Republican - served 2 terms. Age 55 when he took office. served 2 terms. questionable national guard record.
1 1/2 term Gov of Texas. 9/11, War on Terror: Invaded Iraq, Patriot Act, Dept Homeland Security, Highest deficit in history, Energy crisis, no child left behind, hurricane katrina, hurt relationships with allies.
SO WHO WILL BE UP NEXT?
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA - Democrat - 7 years Il state Senator, 2 years US Senator. Age 47. Milestones: community organizer, Keynote speaker at 2004 Democratic Convention, Foreign Relations Committee (has not held meeting), worked with Feingold to eliminate Lobbyists gifts to congress.
HILLARY DIANE RODHAM CLINTON - Democrat - 2 term first Lady, 7 years US Senator. Age 60. Milestones: Arkansas Board of Education, healthcare task force, passed children's health care program, children's immunization program, gulf war syndrome, adoption and safe families act, keynote speaker for 4th world conference in Beijing on human rights, whitewater investigation, Senate Arms Services Committe, co-sponsored funding for world trade center with schumer, investigations into health issues by 9/11 first responders, family entertainment protection act, hearings on Yucca mtn.
JOHN SIDNEY MCCAIN III - Repubican - Age 72 (would be oldest President) Arizona House of Rep, 21 years in US Senate, Capt US Navy, Vietnam - 5 years POW. Milestones: Senate Armed Services Committe, Keating Five Scandal, campaign finance reform, line item veto, Immigration Reform.