Back in the 80’s, a kid named Calvin started working the counter at McDonald’s after school in a national advertising campaign. Cut to years later, the campaign picks up again to find Calvin managing the very same McDonald’s. I wish the campaign woulda picked up again years later to find Calvin owning that McDonald’s franchise along with a few others but I’ll take what I can get.
Calvin is the reason that I think Obama will do a better job in the second term than he did in the first…although truth be told, it wouldn’t be that damn difficult.
I imagine Calvin showed up for his first day of work, full of energy and big ideas, ready to sit down with Grimace n’em and set this muthf#&% off! Instead, they put his ass on the fries. Why? Because Calvin had no experience. He didn’t know what the hell he was doing. I know it looks easy…it’s just hamburgers but the thing about McDonald’s restaurants is that they are absolute monuments of operational efficiency. Legend has it that regardless of what combination of items you order; the stores are organized, the processes optimized and the employees mobilized to deliver all of your products to you within 60 seconds. Of course, the order’s gonna be wrong, Calvin’s homeboy has pocketed two dollars of your change and you know them fries are dry as your ass but that’s neither here nor there. You as the consumer don’t see that there’s a big ole Chinese fire drill going on behind the scenes. All you know is that ice cold Coke is really hittin’ the spot. (though some of us will always prefer to drink the Kool-Aid…)
Calvin had to learn all of that before he became manager. But once he learned, he ran the hell outta that Mickey D’s.
Like Calvin, President Obama had plenty of energy and big ideas but no experience serving them ideas up to a hostile staff and a bunch of customers who were hungry…but had no money or idea what we even wanted. Now, y’all know as a man, I love me some Barack Hussein Obama. As a President, not so much. He’s incredibly intelligent and a gifted orator but he lacks the experience to influence key decision makers and establish the support he needs to push his ideas through. Without these two elements, he just couldn’t be an effective leader in some of the most troubled times our country, hell our world, has ever known.
That was then, this is now. I suspect that in these last years, Obama has gained some valuable and necessary experience to stand on more sure footing. He knows more today about the job at hand than when he took office almost three years ago. And, unfortunately, I suspect he likely knows more than the five candidates on the Republican ticket.
Of the Republican pool, two have experience managing an administration and one has similar experience in the private sector. The other two candidates have experience influencing key legislative decision makers. But not one Republican candidate has experience doing both. That means they are all in the same boat as Obama WAS at the start of this administration…kinda qualified but not really.
Partisan politics aside, in this moment in time, Obama could just be the most qualified candidate.
Wow…that was like taking a bullet.
Let the official Kimchi and Collard Greens GOP Candidate Search begin…