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How Qualified Is Your President/Prime Minister?  
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

India:

Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.

MA, D Phil (Oxford). Educated at the Universities of Panjab, Cambridge and Oxford. Winner of the University Medal for standing first in BA (Hons), Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1952; the Uttar Chand Kapur Medal, Panjab University, Chandigarh, for standing first in MA (Economics) 1954; Wright's Prize for distinguished performance at St John's College, Cambridge, 1956 and 1957; Adam Smith Prize, University of Cambridge 1956.

How qualified is your President, Prime Minister or Dictator?

cheers,

Himmat


An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Very funny!

Signed,
USA



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

George W. Bush, President of the United States

Born: July 6, 1946 New Haven, CT (blue blooded state)

Education:
Philips Andover Academy – excelled at male cheerleading

Yale – president of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Graduated 1968

Rejected from University of Texas Law School, so enrolled at the less selective Harvard Business School, earned M.B.A. in 1975.


Work Experience:
Founded a succession of wholly unprofitable oil companies

Possesses visionary sense to coindientally unload ~$1 million in stock to the Harken Energy Corporation before the company went bust

General Manager of the Texas Rangers


Political:
1994 elected Governor of Texas

won 5-4 landslide vote in the 2000 contested President elections

won in another landslide in the 2004 contested (again) Presidential elections


Military:
Texas Air National Guard wait list during the Vietnam era. Honorable discharge in the fall of 1973 just after a 1-month A.W.O.L. vacation


Personal Achivements & Family:
First born-again Christian president to be convicted of drunk driving

Brief engagement to Miss Cathyrn Lee Wolfman

Married to Ms. George W. Bush (“Laura”), a former teacher and librarian who devoted two years of service before marrying an affluent husband

Two twin daughters (Jenna and the other gal)

Some pets



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8572 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
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New Zealand prime minister

HELEN ELIZABETH CLARK was born in Hamilton in 1950.

She attended Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland and then studied at Auckland University, and graduated with MA (Hons) in 1974.

Her MA and PhD thesis research was on rural political behaviour and representation.

She was a junior lecturer in political studies in Auckland from 1973-75, studied abroad on a University Grants Committee post-graduate scholarship in 1976, and then lectured in political studies at Auckland from 1977 until her election to Parliament in 1981.


In 1986 Helen Clark was awarded the annual Peace Prize of the Danish Peace Foundation for her work in promoting peace and disarmament.

Helen Clark likes to keep fit through regular visits to the gym and has a passion for hiking and cross-country skiing. In January 1999 she climbed Africa's highest peak, the 5895m Mt Kilimanjaro.


not sure if the above makes her 'qualified' or not - but I do , grudgingly , admire her , the woman has balls ( though some of her more antagonistic opponents would say that is a statement of physiological fact rather than a metaphor on her determination )



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User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3114 times:




Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3082 times:

John Howard - 25th Australian Prime Minister.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Sydney University and is a former Solicitor to the state supreme court. Education aside, the man isn't fit to run a burger king.

The Governor General Maj. Gen. Michael Jeffery is a product of the Royal Military College. So he's well qualified to follow orders and organise a war - perfect for his role as Howard's lapdog and Commander in-Chief of the armed forces.

The Queen was educated privately throughout her life and has had little to no experience living, working, residing in my country - so she's about as in-touch and capable of serving in her role as her Prime Minister.

QFF


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3076 times:
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Profile of Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki

Date of birth: 18 June 1942, Idutywa, Queenstown, one of four children of Govan and Epainette Mbeki

Marital status: Married to Zanele Dlamini (1974)

Academic Qualifications
Attended primary school in Idutywa and Butterworth
Acquired high school education at Lovedale, Alice
Expelled from school as a result of student strikes (1959) and forced to continue studies at home
Sat for matriculation examinations at St John's High School, Umtata (1959)
Completed British "A" levels examinations (1960 and 1961)
Undertook first year economics degree as an external student with the University of London (1961 - 1962)
Master of Economics degree, University of Sussex (1966)



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3047 times:

Tony Blair is a qualified liar

User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 3045 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
Universities of

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Academic achievements canNOT be equalled with "qualification" for a political office. The British Prime Minister John Major did NOT have much in that field and as far as I could see was at least as good as many others. Practical experience, personal intelligence, self-education and simple flair can prove to be better than academic titles.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 3021 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 8):
Practical experience, personal intelligence, self-education and simple flair can prove to be better than academic titles.

I'm reading Albert Speer's "Inside the Third Reich" at the moment - and that sound remarkably similar to the position taken by Adolph Hitler. Not to draw any similarities between you and him ME AVN Fan - of course I would never do such a thing. But I just found it interesting that Hitler felt more comfortable around self-educated people such as himself, as opposed to trained specialists. It's probably the same for most leaders who lack an intellectual bent.

QFF


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 9):
felt more comfortable around self-educated people such as himself, as opposed to trained specialists. It's probably the same for most leaders who lack an intellectual bent.

-
THIS applied/applies to such diverse figures as Hitler, Mussolini, Salazar, John Major, Lech Walesa, etc


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Quoting Silverfox (Reply 7):
Tony Blair is a qualified liar

And an unqualified meglomaniac


User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 9):
felt more comfortable around self-educated people such as himself, as opposed to trained specialists. It's probably the same for most leaders who lack an intellectual bent.

self-educated people = those with a broad ability to reason logically, self-starters.

trained specialists = those with the broad ability to learn from those with a broad ability to reason logically.

We should not elevate students beyond the teachers.  Wink


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

Some famous NON-academics who just were army-officers, but made history are Mustafa Kemal Pasha, the first President of the Turkish Republic, and Mohammed Anwar as-Sadat, the man who started the MidEastern peace-process. Another quite good politician without academic "credentials" is Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika, the President of Algeria, who in his teens joined the Algerian resistance-movement and then got propelled into politics.

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5718 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

Czech Prime Minister

qualifications: populist and arrogant a$$hole  Angry


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

I guess Currently India has one of the Best Prime Minister & President,both knowledgeable & Down to earth Individuals.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 15):
guess Currently India has one of the Best Prime Minister & President,both knowledgeable & Down to earth Individuals.

The problem with Indian politics is that for every Manmohan Singh there
are 10 Laloo Yadav Prasad's.....



Come on you gunners......!!!!!
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Quoting LH477 (Reply 16):
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 15):
guess Currently India has one of the Best Prime Minister & President,both knowledgeable & Down to earth Individuals.

The problem with Indian politics is that for every Manmohan Singh there
are 10 Laloo Yadav Prasad's.....

True but with youngsters comming into Politics.More Qualified & clean individuals will gradually change the system.Matter of time.
BTW Laloo's party lost the Nov assy polls.
regds
MEL

[Edited 2005-12-01 20:26:26]


Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Quoting Stlgph (Reply 2):
George W. Bush, President of the United States

Born: July 6, 1946 New Haven, CT (blue blooded state)

Education:
Philips Andover Academy – excelled at male cheerleading

Yale – president of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Graduated 1968

Rejected from University of Texas Law School, so enrolled at the less selective Harvard Business School, earned M.B.A. in 1975.


Work Experience:
Founded a succession of wholly unprofitable oil companies

Possesses visionary sense to coindientally unload ~$1 million in stock to the Harken Energy Corporation before the company went bust

General Manager of the Texas Rangers


Political:
1994 elected Governor of Texas

won 5-4 landslide vote in the 2000 contested President elections

won in another landslide in the 2004 contested (again) Presidential elections


Military:
Texas Air National Guard wait list during the Vietnam era. Honorable discharge in the fall of 1973 just after a 1-month A.W.O.L. vacation


Personal Achivements & Family:
First born-again Christian president to be convicted of drunk driving

Brief engagement to Miss Cathyrn Lee Wolfman

Married to Ms. George W. Bush (“Laura”), a former teacher and librarian who devoted two years of service before marrying an affluent husband

Two twin daughters (Jenna and the other gal)

Some pets



"W" is our first President who is:
mentally disabled, special needs and learning difficulties

Now some say Reagan was the first. I say he was just in the throws of early
Alzheimers.



I'm Zippyjet & I approve of this message!
User currently offlineFokker70NG From Netherlands, joined Nov 2005, 234 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

Wonderful! I guess I can be the first one to post my comments on 'our' prime minister! Big grin

Quote on the Dutch prime minister from www.government.nl:
"Jan Pieter (known as Jan Peter) Balkenende was born in Kapelle on 7 May 1956.

After completing his secondary education he went on to the Free University of Amsterdam where he studied history (graduating in 1980) and Dutch law (graduating in 1982). He obtained his doctorate in law in 1992 with a thesis on government regulation and civil society organisations.

From 1982 to 1984 he was a legal affairs policy officer at the Netherlands Universities Council. He then served on the staff of the policy institute of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) until 1998.

Dr Balkenende was a member of Amstelveen municipal council from 1982 to 1998, and leader of its CDA group from 1994. From 1993 to 2002 he was professor (part-time) of Christian social thought on society and economics at the Free University."


He really looks like Harry Potter don't you think? Well apart from his appearance, I do think he's rather bright but he hasn't got any vision. His administration destroyed a big part of the whole Dutch social system, and I also don't think they took the right way with their economy policy. But that's my personal opinion, I will not go into detail because that would be way offtopic!  Wink



Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. -Albert Einstein
User currently offlineNZPM From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 15):
India has one of the Best Prime Minister & President

You forgot Sonia. I think she's great  Smile


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

From Wikipedia...

Quote..."The Right Honourable Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB (born August 28, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario) is the Prime Minister of Canada. He is the twenty-first prime minister, having succeeded Jean Chrétien on December 12, 2003. Martin is leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and was elected in his own right with a minority government on June 28, 2004 — the first minority government in twenty-four years. The Liberals won 135 of 308 seats in the Canadian House of Commons. They lost the confidence of the Commons on November 29, 2005, and face an election January 23, 2006."

"A businessman and politician, Paul Martin is from a well-connected Roman Catholic Canadian political family. His father, Paul Martin Sr., a Francophone of half Irish and half French descent, served thirty-three years as a member of the Canadian House of Commons and was a cabinet minister in four Liberal governments. His mother, Eleanor "Nell" Adams, was of Scottish and Irish descent. Martin was raised in an English-speaking environment in Windsor and Ottawa. To give him the opportunity to improve his French, his parents enrolled him in a private French-language middle school, École Garneau in Ottawa, Ontario. He then briefly attended the University of Ottawa.

Martin graduated with a BA in history and philosophy from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, in 1961. He followed his father's path to the University of Toronto Law School where he received his LL.B in 1965. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1966.

In 1965, Martin married Sheila Ann Cowan, and they have three sons, Paul, Jamie and David.

Before entering politics, Martin had a long career in the private sector. He served as:

Executive Assistant to Maurice Strong, President of Power Corporation
Vice-President, Power Corporation
Vice-President, Consolidated Bathurst Ltd. (A Power Co. subsidiary)
Vice-President, Planning and Development for Power Corporation
President and later Chief Executive Officer, CSL Group Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Steamship Lines
Corporate Director for C.B. Pak Inc, Redpath Industries Ltd., Fednav Ltd., Manufacturers Life Insurance Co., Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. and Imasco Corp.
In July 1981, he was offered the opportunity to buy Canada Steamship Lines, then a Power Corporation subsidiary, in a risky leveraged buy out in partnership with acquaintance Lawrence Pathy. He calculated that they could afford the buy-out as long as interest rates, which were at an all-time high in Canada, did not continue to rise. The partners went for it, the largest leveraged buy-out in Canadian history, and the gamble paid off: within a few months rates began to fall - Martin was a confirmed millionaire. His declaration of assets upon entering Parliament included ownership of dozens of companies around the world, thirty-three ships, office buildings, apartment blocks and movie theatres. In 2004 Forbes.com estimated Martin's personal wealth at $225,000,000 (USD). Controversially, Canada Steamship Lines, the company he was obliged to dispose of upon assuming the office of Prime Minister, is known to employ flags of convenience on its ships, like most international shipping lines, in order to take advantage of lower off-shore tax rates."



[Edited 2005-12-04 03:46:27]

User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Quoting Fokker70NG (Reply 19):


He really looks like Harry Potter don't you think?

I think he looks more like Bill Gates. eyebrow 


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 9):
I'm reading Albert Speer's "Inside the Third Reich" at the moment - and that sound remarkably similar to the position taken by Adolph Hitler.

That's an interesting book. Speer always was the most fascinating of the Nazi hierarchy because of his intelligence and ambivalence. But if you are reading that, I would strongly recommend you also read Gita Sereny's biography of him. It's outstanding, easily the best work on the subject because she knew him so well, yet wasn't afraid to point up Speer's hypocrisy, refusal to face reality and guilt.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineMrocktor From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1668 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2716 times:

I don't want to play (the reason should be obvious).

mrocktor


25 LH477 : Yah, I saw that.....If he leaves politics, which I highly doubt, I am gonna miss his antics on the Tele.....He is hilarious.........
26 Post contains images HAWK21M : Every field needs a comedian to make things amusing regds MEL
27 BigOrange : Any coincidence that both belong to the Republican party??
28 DETA737 : Actually Salazar was a highly intellectual man unlike the others listed. He studied at a seminary then studied law and later economics at Coimbra Uni
29 ME AVN FAN : - so sorry. Then he of course is to be deleted from that list !
30 Jumpseatflyer : Not at all.
31 Pelican : This reminds me on the following quote from J.M. Keynes: "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences,
32 ME AVN FAN : - to "be exempt from intellectual influences" is either stupid or mad. May have been the case with Mr Hitler, but rather NOT with Messrs Major and Wa
33 Asbg : Ariel Sharon graduate law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. IMO, Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Amir Peretz (Labor) are not an alternative to him
34 Jamesbuk : hes about as qualified as a door stop end of --anonymous-- lol
35 RG828 : My president is a qualified beer-drinker, full-stop.
36 Post contains links AndersNilsson : The Prime minister of Sweden, Goran Persson, acts as if he was the President of Sweden. http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/1158/a/21559 http://www.sweden.g
37 Post contains links Marambio : According to www.presidencia.gov.ar : Dr. Néstor Carlos Kirchner Birth Date: February 25th, 1950 Birth Place: Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz Job: Lawyer C
38 Post contains images A332 : Qualifications mean nothing if the president/prime minister is just a tool in general... Paul Martin is no great leader or visionary, but he's certain
39 ME AVN FAN : so that he is at least qualified in SOMETHING ! is he worse than his predecessors ?
40 Post contains images MD11junkie : A qualified offender to the Argentine Republic! Cheers! Gastón - The MD11 Junkie
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