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What are some examples of President Obama being "inexperienced"?

Asked by Blackberry (29649 points ) August 23rd, 2011

Disregarding all the rhetoric, I also hear this from liberals and conservatives. I was just wondering what they are referring to when they say this. Is this rhetoric as well, or are there concrete examples of times when Obama could have made better decisions or done a “better job”.

This isn’t some president bashing thread, I really want to know.

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

As a supporter of his, I was very disturbed when he held on to many of the people on the financial side of the executive branch when he transitioned into the office.

I think he did this because he intended to send a message of stability to the market when he took over, he assumed they were experts, and out of a desire to show how he was willing to govern in a bipartisan manner.

I think it was a rookie move. He got no points from the other side, and no points from his side either.

JLeslie's avatar

For me, before he ever was sworn in, I worried he did not get the viciousness of Washington, and that his inexperience would mean his mantra of change would not be as easy as I think he had hoped it would be. I think he thought good intentions and reason could prevail, and I do believe he had good intentions and would prefer to be up front. I see it in is negotiations, he seems to lay on the table where his mind is at, rather than playing the game everyone requires of asking for much more and settling where you knew you would settle in the first place.

josie's avatar

To me, it is simple. He has no executive experience. I know full well that other presidents have not either, including my parent’s hero JFK. But at least he was a unit commander in war.
But..
Being the top guy in the chain of command, the final decision maker, matters to me. I would have felt better about him if he had been governor, or mayor or something. Without it, most people just do what they think is popular, or what will make them feel good about themselves. That is a weakness that is a characteristic of people who have never carried the burden of the critical final decision.
Other than that, he is just another ambitious politician. I didn’t vote for him last time (I did not cast a vote for president last time, both candidates disgusted me) and I will not next time either.

Cruiser's avatar

When Obama visited the British Prime Minister, Brown gave Obama two symbolic gifts and one that expressed national pride. Brown came bearing a pen holder carved from the timbers of the sister ship of that which gave the wood to create the famous “Resolute Desk,” the desk that has been in America’s charge since 1880. He also gave Obama the framed commission for that famous ship, the HMS Resolute. His third gift was a seven-volume biography of one of England’s greatest leaders, Winston Churchill.

Obama gave the British Prime minister 25 DVD’s. How thoughtful.

JLeslie's avatar

@Cruiser Wouldn’t you think he has advisors for this sort of thing? Someone in charge of etiquette and gift giving?

By the way, at the Clinton Library, and I would guess other Presidential libraries, but I have not been to any of the others, the gifts given to the Clintons by other Heads of State are fantastic. Truly amazing beautiful gifts.

john65pennington's avatar

I preached this from day one, once I discovered that Obama was in the ring for the presidency.

He has a great lack of experience in politics and not being a military man, worried me from day one. And, as I feared, this all has come to pass. I am not “downing” President Obama by any means. I just believe if he had had more political experience, that maybe our country would not be in the shape its in.

He was elected into an already mess within the cabinet and a spiraling out of control economy. I have always felt that he should have given the states the stimulus money, instead of each individual person. Each state could have used this lump sum of money for the benefit of each all persons and not the way the money was spent on an individual basis.

I wonder how many cases of stimulus beer was bought with the presidents stimulus money?

nikipedia's avatar

He doesn’t have a husband who was president for 8 years.

nikipedia's avatar

Don’t listen to me; I’ve been drinking.

Blackberry's avatar

Lol! S’all good.

filmfann's avatar

His trying to find concensus by working with the Republicans when he had a majority in both parties, rather than pushing his agenda right away.
Instead, the Right beat him down and delayed him long enough for another election.

CaptainHarley's avatar

The biggest example is that he didn’t ( and still DOESN’T ) understand that it takes more than pretty words to run a government.

nikipedia's avatar

@CaptainHarley, I totally agree, that is a perfect, concrete example of a specific thing Obama did wrong! +5 GA!!!!

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majorrich's avatar

There was that pic of him saluting with the wrong hand.

rts486's avatar

Didn’t he say something about the Austrians speaking Austrian? This demonstrates a lack of international experience.

ucme's avatar

I don’t know, but it makes me laugh when he “whistles” when pronouncing words with S in them. “Shay, it worksh shwell!” ;¬}

tedd's avatar

Honestly, he hasn’t really done many things that were “inexperienced.”

Now he’s made a lot of decisions that many people just disagree with based on principle, but that’s not a lack of experience.

I would dare say that Obama has been the most internationally successful president since Reagan. Or at least he has an argument.

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