Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Obama: Experienced, Intelligent and Competent

By Laura White
(330 words)
This Commentary is Unpublished

I'd like to put another perspective on the "Obama-lacks-experience" conversation. As a multicultural educator, mediator and diversity consultant, I was impressed when I read his autobiography several years ago. I thought "this man is both emotionally intelligent and inter-culturally competent"! These capabilities come from a depth of life experience and a maturity of psychological development that we rarely see in US politicians. Both are vital in a multicultural America and for rebuilding international relations...

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Laura White, MA, is a diversity and conflict resolution trainer and a longtime mediator; she is currently the multicultural training specialist in the Office of Human Resources at Montgomery College in Maryland.

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