Experience…the buzz word of the 2008 Presidential Election

What is experience.  The following text is from Wikipedia:

Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill in or observation of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment.

The concept of experience generally refers to know-how or procedural knowledge, rather than propositional knowledge. Philosophers dub knowledge based on experience “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge”. The interrogation of experience also has a long tradition in continental philosophy. The German term Erfahrung, which is translated as ‘experience’ into English has, however, a slightly different implication, given that it is associated with the coherency of life’s experiences.

A person with considerable experience in a certain field can gain a reputation as an expert.

The term “propositional knowledge” jumped out at me so I took my research a little further and found this from Wikipedia on propositional knowledge:

Descriptive knowledge, also declarative knowledge or propositional knowledge, is the species of knowledge that is, by its very nature, expressed in declarative sentences or indicative propositions. This distinguishes descriptive knowledge from what is commonly known as “know-how”, or procedural knowledge (the knowledge of how, and especially how best, to perform some task), and “knowing of”, or knowledge by acquaintance (the knowledge of something’s existence).

In looking at the candidates and their ticket partners, I think 3 out of the 4 people who will be on the ballot in November have the experience and procedural knowledge to perform the jobs they are applying for.  One does not.  One has propositional knowledge.  Can you guess who?  If you guessed Obama….you win!  As I learn more about this man applying for the Commander in Chief job, nowhere do I see that he possesses the experience or procedural knowledge to handle the position.  I propose since Obama is more than qualified, that he apply for the post of Press Secretary instead of President.  He can utilize his artful spin techniques on the press as he whips up fancy sentences to deliver John McCain’s policy briefings.

According to Wikipedia, the White House Press Secretary’s “responsibilities center on collecting information about what is happening inside the Administration and around the world, and getting that information to the media in a timely and accurate fashion. The information includes things like a summary of the President’s schedule for the day, whom the President has seen, called or had interactions with, and the official position of the Administration on the news of the day. This position pays around 170,000 dollars per year.  The Press Secretary traditionally also fields questions from the White House Press Corps in briefings and press conferences, which are generally televised, and “press gaggles”, which are on-the-record briefings without video recording, though transcripts are usually made available.”

Now, doesn’t that job description better suit Obama’s experience?  I think he would do a bang up job as Press Secretary.  And, John McCain will have fulfilled one of his nomination speech promises to fill his cabinet with people from both sides of the aisle.  What better way to show that he is working with everyone in Washington than to have Obama as his Press Secretary.  And, Obama would get to do what he loves to do best….talk.

 

 

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