It takes a special skill to pull that off.
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Half or more of the cabinet members in the following administrations had prior private sector experience: Eisenhower 57 percent, Reagan 56 percent, George W. Bush 55 percent, Nixon 53 percent, Wilson 52 percent, George H. Bush 51 percent, Franklin Roosevelt 50 percent, Truman 50 percent.
Prior private sector experience ranged from 49 percent to 40 percent in the following administrations: Harding 49 percent, Coolidge 48 percent, Johnson 47 percent, Ford 42 percent, Hoover 42 percent, Taft 40 percent.
And the presidents with the lowest percentages of cabinet members with prior private sector experience: Clinton 39 percent, Teddy Roosevelt 38 percent, Carter 32 percent, Kennedy 30 percent, Obama 8 percent.
Unfortunately, even these “private sector experience” numbers overstate the case. The CEO of Solyndra would be included as “private sector” if President Obama would have bumped him up to the cabinet as Secretary of Energy.
Perhaps it’s Obama’s record-breaking lack of cabinet level “private experience” that explains the administration’s failures with job creation, the apparent lack of understanding and appreciation in this White House about the role of profit, investment, small business, risk-taking and entrepreneurship.
It’s not unlike putting a group of people in charge of a zoo who know next to nothing about animals.