Mrs O? She’s not qual­i­fied

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

IT’S de­press­ing to read that Michelle Obama is be­ing tipped to run for the US pres­i­dency in 2020 (MoS, Jan­uary 6).

This woman is no more de­serv­ing or suitable for the job than Don­ald Trump. Be­ing mar­ried to a pres­i­dent is not a qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The most pow­er­ful and im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal job in the world needs an in­cum­bent with plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics or in diplo­macy. The late, lamented Ge­orge Bush Sr is a per­fect ex­am­ple. He was a con­gress­man, head of the CIA, Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat in China and a two-term vi­cepres­i­dent be­fore he was elected to the pres­i­dency. That’s a proper CV for the job.

I fear that Trump’s un­likely suc­cess is go­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers whose only qual­i­fi­ca­tion is their fame to run for the top job. Trump has done enough dam­age. We need a man, or woman, with real ex­pe­ri­ence. Mary Keoghan, Dublin 8.

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