If you prefer your ambassadors dead, and dragged through the streets.
[Michelle] Obama delivered a resounding endorsement of her predecessor in the East Wing, Clinton, who is also the woman seeking to succeed Obama’s husband in the White House. She championed Clinton as the most prepared and qualified person to ever seek the office and urged voters in a critical battleground state to head to the polls.
“Hillary doesn’t play,” Obama said, reciting Clinton’s résumé as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state. “We have never had a more qualified and prepared candidate for the presidency than Hillary Clinton,” she said. “Yes, more than Barack, more than Bill. So she is absolutely ready to be commander in chief on Day One.”
3rd President of the United States
Nicknames: “Man of the People”; “Sage of Monticello”
Born: April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia
Father: Peter Jefferson
Mother: Jane Randolph Jefferson
Married: Martha Wayles Skelton (1748-1782), on January 1, 1772
Children: Martha Washington Jefferson (1772-1836); Jane Randolph Jefferson (1774-75); infant son (1777); Mary Jefferson (1778-1804); Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1780-81); Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1782-85)
Religion: No formal affiliation
Education: Graduated from College of William and Mary (1762)
Occupation: Lawyer, planter
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769-74
- Member of Continental Congress, 1775-76
- Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
- Member of Continental Congress, 1783-85
- Minister to France, 1785-89
- Secretary of State, 1790-93 (under Washington)
- Vice President, 1797-1801 (under J. Adams)
George Washington was a really qualified candidate, too. I think. John Adams had a pretty good resume. Actually, Nixon was very experienced.
Hard to argue against FDR especially after he’d been president forever. I think in that last campaign he must have been pretty experienced.
Being a Senator and Secretary of State is a big deal, provided you were good at it. Mrs. Clinton was a lawyer, but some point out minor ethical lapses there also. If she hadn’t stored all her emails in a bathroom closet server, or if her tenure had not been so terrible overall… Which reminds me. ________________________________________________________
You know who could have been an excellent candidate? A guy with a great foreign policy resume?
Stevens was an AFS Intercultural Programs exchange student in Spain during summer of 1977, and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1978. He earned a B.A. in history in 1982 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. From 1983 to 1985, he taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. He graduated with a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989, and received an M.S. degree from the National War College in 2010.
Prior to joining the United States Foreign Service, Stevens was an international trade lawyer based in Washington, D.C.He was admitted as an active member of the State Bar of California on January 26, 1990; he went on inactive status on August 1, 1991, and remained an inactive member for the remainder of his career.
[I cut out a bunch here. He did a lot. – Dave]
Stevens spoke English, French and some Arabic.
Of course he’s no longer available as he was killed in an attack in which President Obama and then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton refused to lift a finger to protect the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi. Any one of the guys below could have gotten my vote this year.
Hilary and Obama blamed it on a video, and lied to cover it up.