Friday, April 10, 2009

Is Obama's Resume As Good As These?

Like ASU honorary degree holder Mo Udall, Barack Obama (right) played a little ball.>

Arizona State University has determined that President Barack Obama is not properly suited to wear one of its honorary degree sashes, though he's the first African-American president of the U.S., has written two best-sellers, served in the Senate and in his state's general assembly, is a constitutional scholar and former college professor, a noted community organizer, a great father and husband and ... well, a teriffic role model.

So, who is he being compared to by ASU? Here are a few former winners.
  • Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, who is Richmond's mayor.
  • Nobel Prize winner (medicine) Leland Hartwell.
  • Craig Venter, founder of the Institute for Genomic Research.
  • Movie Producer Blake Edwards.
  • Baron Browne of Mattingly, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Poet Rita Dove.
  • Secretary of Commerce Jesse H. Jones.
  • Novelist Tony Hillerman.
  • Labor organizer Caesar Chavez.
  • Congressman/pro basketball player Mo Udall.
  • Uncle Walter Cronkite.
  • Humorist Art Buchwald.
  • Singer/actor Pearl Bailey.
  • Financial columnist Sylvia Porter.
  • Henry Cisneros, the only member of Bill Clinton's cabinet ever convicted of anything.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor, a member of the Supremes.
  • Writer Edward Albee.
  • Dancer Martha Graham.
  • Tonight Show host Steve Allen.
  • Singer Leontyne Price.
  • Musician Pablo Casals.
  • Raul Castro (the Arizona governor, not Fidel's brother).
  • Astronaut Frank Borman.
  • Barry Goldwater (named after six years in the Senate and before running for president).
  • Ex-presidential candidate George Romney (father of Mit).
And a whole bunch more that you can find here.

Look for yourself to determine of Obama's resume is as good as those of these people. My guess is it's at least as impressive as that of anybody on the list.

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