Midway through his tour of the nation’s swing states, Mitt Romney gave President Obama a somewhat odd, and untimely, piece of advice. Rather than launching his presidential campaign from the Senate, Romney argued, “governor may have been a better job for him to have started with,” Yahoo News reports.Obama won’t thank him for this advice, and it is too late to take it now anyway, but Romney is right. President Obama would have been a much more effective president if he had first served as a governor.This is a fairly obvious observation, yet one which is seldom discussed. The need for executive, managerial experience in the Oval Office is huge, and while governing a single state, even a large one like Ronald Reagan’s California, may be very different from leading the world’s most powerful county, the skills that make an effective governor are the same as those that make an effective president. Governors and generals historically have often made very good presidents precisely because they have learned to manage large organizations and complete complex tasks in intensely political situations.Senators, on the other hand, just learn how to flap their lips, have their egos groomed by ambitious aides, beg rich people for money and posture fetchingly on popular issues.Via Meadia has not endorsed anybody for 2012 and at this point both Governor Romney and President Obama have some executive experience behind them, but we hope that in future election years primary voters in both parties will bear in mind that when electing a president we are choosing a chief executive, not head speechwriter or grand national windbag.Ronald Reagan, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson all served as governor of a state before becoming president, while Washington and Eisenhower had served as generals. The list of former senators in the Oval Office is considerably less impressive. Whether they are GOP or Democrat, liberal or conservative, the best presidents are usually people who know how to get things done.
Romney Gives Obama Good Advice