Obama’s 143 Days of Senate Experience

I have lifted this quote in it’s entirey from The Loft via Tim Blair

Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not much.

From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That’s how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.

143 days — I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.

In contrast, John McCain’s 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military service including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride.

Like our own Kevin Rudd, the US Messiah is all talk.


  • Kev
    It is worth noting that FDR and JFK were democrats, or is your post more about history than sectarianism?

  • Yes, both Dems an and indication of the great and experienced men he tries to emulate with no experience base.

  • I could live with McCain – he’s vet and should keep the nutcases on the extreme right of the Republican Party on a short lease, but’s an old man, and Palin on the red phone……… Scares me.

  • Old man and newcomer – they are the weak points of the campaign but consider, as Pallin has more experience than Obama why aren’t we worried about him having first crack at the red phone in the first place.

    We don’t know much about her yet but all indications are she’s pretty straight. The left are going crazy but then they would hate her because she’s religious, pro-life, a multi-mum and successful to boot.

    As a general rule, I find if the Left hate something it is good for society. Being a creationist is to me a bit funny but shouldn’t rule out a position of authority. A lot of Yanks seem to like that and it must be worth some votes south of the Maison-Dixon line or wherever.

    I’m reasonably positive about her but will wait and see how she handles the flack.

    McCain’s age seems to be getting less and less coverage although the Dems will have to flog it soon. Stat wise go here – it doesn’t mean much other than you can’t just say he ‘s going to die before the end of the first term. The chances are he won’t.

    Whatever, right now I’d rather be McCain than Obama

  • Maybe
    But whoever wins, I reckon I’m entitled to a vote. The sub-prime crisis has clouted my investment portfolio, and its demise originates in the US market. Given that the US government oversees Wall Street (not too well – it seems, when they have to hit the US taxpayer to bail out the two FMs), I’d like to have a say.
    I’ll toddle down to the US consulate and see how I get on.

  • Are we Yanks?

    It won’t be long before we join the 51st state.
    We get more Ameican news now than Australian news.
    We have more American programs on tele than Australian.
    We have a more American movies than Australian one sin our cinemas.
    When the cops started wearing baseball caps – it was an indication of how far American culture has taken over Australia.

    Lemme ask you a question:

    What happen in Canada this week?

    What happen in Britain this week?

    OK, what about NZ?


    WA?, apart from some absure election over there.

    But gee I bet anyone can tell us what happened in America….. election stuff, hurricane stuff, celebrity stuff…..

    I’ve had enough, we’ve become a mini America without the guns.