President Obama didn't do Hillary Clinton any favors when he declared that no one since George Washington has been as qualified to be president.
True enough, she is more qualified than Barack Obama was, but seriously, Obama’s praise only points to the fact that Hillary is not qualified at all. Unless you are a true believing zealot and reject the judgment of reality.
Today’s ideologues and zealots do not believe in real qualifications or real achievements. They believe that all jobs are affirmative action jobs, that if a woman or a minority is manifestly unqualified you can make him or her more qualified by repeating over and over again that he or she is qualified. Or by running yet another television series in which a woman or a minority is the most qualified, the most competent, the best of the best.
As Vladimir Lenin famously said: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” The quote has also been attributed to Josef Goebbels.
If you didn’t know it before, now you do. Obama and other social justice warriors believe that life imitates art and that if you want to change the world you need merely change the way people talk and think. You do it by controlling the media and the arts, that is by turning all of it into propaganda.
Anyway, the New York Sun did a quick run through of the qualifications that different people have brought to the office of the presidency. In fairness, and in order not to appear to be beating up on only one candidate, the presumptive Republican candidate does not bring anything resembling a qualification to his run for office. In some ways he is less qualified than Hillary.
One does appreciate that Republican voters, in their transcendent wisdom, managed to find a candidate who was less qualified and who knows less than the dowager duchess of Chappaqua.
The New York Sun begins its comparison derby with George Washington:
Is Hillary Clinton more qualified than George Washington? He was the general who won the Revolutionary War, he was a delegate in both the First and Second Continental Congress, and chaired the constitutional convention.
Attempting to find a more apt basis for comparison, the Sun compares Hillary’s qualifications with those of Washington’s horse. Here again, she is less qualified. Considering today's political environment, this paragraph will doubtless be considered hate speech, requiring a trigger warning. Consider yourself forewarned:
By some measures, Mrs. Clinton isn’t as qualified as Washington’s horse, Nelson. The steed didn’t live long enough in human years to get over the constitutional age requirement, but he was famously steady under fire and disclosed a remarkable character and temperament, even in battle. Plus, Nelson never took any multi-million-dollar “charitable” contributions from foreign governments. Nor did he send government secrets via email. Nelson wouldn’t have been caught dead endorsing the articles of appeasement with Iran.
It doesn’t get any better when we arrive at the second president, John Adams:
John Adams may have been more qualified than Washington, at least by the time Adams was elected. For one thing, he’d won the hand of Abigail. It would be too much to say that he invented the idea of separated powers, but he brought concept of separated powers into law as principal author of the Constitution of Massachusetts. He was minister to France, the Netherlands, and Britain, and vice president for eight years. He still holds the record for breaking ties in the Senate.
But, what about Thomas Jefferson, the third president:
Thos. Jefferson had the best set of qualifications for president, according to one Web site that has a ranking. By the time the Virginian got to the White House he’d been a burgess (in the first elected legislature in the New World), served as a member of congress, written the Declaration of Independence, done a tour as ambassador to France, been governor of Virginia, Secretary of State of America, and Vice President. Plus, too, he’d written the Act of Virginia for Religious Freedom. We mean, c’mon.
If Obama was not offering an outright lie, he might have been demonstrating his own deficient knowledge of American history.
Among more recent presidents, George H. W. Bush brought sterling qualifications to his presidency:
George H.W. Bush had an underappreciated set of qualifications when he got to the door of the White House. He’d been a war hero, a congressman, director of central intelligence, ambassador to China, permanent United States representations at the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Vice President of America (and president of its Senate). And a successful businessman.
In the age of Obama the word “qualification” doesn’t mean anything anymore. The same is true of words like success and achievement. If no one can list any of Hillary’s real achievements that’s because the concept was invented by privileged white men in order to oppress everyone who was not a privileged white man.
But, we can define it differently. Among the women who have been candidates for the presidency of the United States Hillary is clearly the most qualified. And, among African-American candidates for the presidency, Barack Obama was clearly the most qualified.
I hope that clears things up.