Presidential candidate e-mails.
The other day I got an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is what she had to say:
“I’m running for President because we need a leader we can actually trust in the White House.
In the business world, we don’t have the luxury of hiding from our problems until they go away, like Hillary does on the campaign trail. We have to actually accomplish something.
When I was hired to be CEO of Hewlett-Packard—the first woman in history to run a business so large—I found myself face-to-face with the biggest tech recession in history, and a market that was dramatically changing.
At HP, I wasn’t afraid to shake up the status quo. My decisions didn’t always make me popular—but they would ultimately prove to be the right ones.”
I am a bit biased against Carly due to the fact that I used to work for HP when she was CEO. Let’s just say that she was not exactly popular, and many people disagreed with her leadership style.
What she said in her e-mail was essentially correct. Her decisions did not make her popular. It will take a lot of work on her part to sway me to vote for her as president. It’s not sour grapes; I simply do not trust her. I looked her up on Wikipedia just to see what the world had to say about her experience with HP.
According the Wikipedia:
In July 1999, HP appointed Carly Fiorina as CEO, the first female CEO of a company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Fiorina served as CEO during the technology industry downturn of the early 2000s. During her tenure, the market value of HP halved and the company incurred heavy job losses. The HP Board of Directors asked Fiorina to step down in 2005, and she resigned on February 9, 2005.
I find it amusing how politicians can convey facts in a way that is both accurate and deceiving. I like her ability to twist being asked to leave into ultimately being right about making unpopular decisions. I guess it’s difficult to tell whether HP recovered due to her leadership or in spite of it. Did the value of HP drop because of her, or did she prevent it from dropping further. Who knows?
Carly is the only presidential candidate that I have met in person. She came out to our site in Fort Collins to make a motivational speech and reassure us that we may not get laid off. In the end she left me feeling cold, empty, and a bit threatened. It will take a lot of work to convince me that she is right for the job. However, compared to some of the main stream candidates, she frightens me a little less.
As if on cue, while I was writing this post, I received an e-mail from Scott Walker. Here is what he had to say:
A lot of prayer and soul-searching is going into my wife Tonette’s and my decision about running for President of the United States.
It’s a fateful decision that will draw on my experience as Wisconsin’s reform-minded conservative Governor and on my ability to bring those same results to the entire country.
If I’m going to do this, I’m going to need a groundswell of support from Americans across the country, so my question to you is this: Should I run for President?”
What horrible prose.
It sounds like the entire thing was written by committee. It was written in such a way to make the reader feel like he or she already agrees with his accomplishments without knowing what they are.
I don’t like being asked a question when there is not a choice of answers. There should be a NO button available on the website.
That was a few days ago. I just sat down to touch up this post when I received yet another e-mail from yet another Republican presidential hopeful. Ted Cruise. Here is what he had to say….
We have been betrayed!
The Washington Cartel betrayed America by upholding Obamacare FOR A SECOND TIME.
The need to reignite liberty is critical — that is why I am running for president and why I’m Pledging to Repeal Obamacare.
Friend, I’m pledging to repeal Obamacare in the first 100 days after I am sworn into office.
And on and on, etc… etc…
Will you join me in this fight right now?
Opening words from each candidate:
“I am running for president…” -Carly
“A lot of prayer and…” Scott
“We have been betrayed!…” Ted.
A little disclaimer seems to be in order. If you take this post as one of the usual Conservative bashing rants that you see everywhere on the web, you would be wrong. I distrust Republicans and Democrats equally for different reasons.
For some reason I do not receive any e-mails from Democrats. I wish I did, it would seem more balanced.