11/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The President Must Be Smart, Compassionate, Experienced, Open, and Secure: These Are But a Few of the Attributes of the President of the United States.

I get only slightly nuts when I hear the Republicans including Senator McCain laud Governor Palin's overall readiness to assume the Presidency of our country.

Who of all of the candidates in recent months, has shown to be well prepared to do what is set out below?

If we are able to put ideology aside, just review the following in the context of those running:

Compassionate enough?

Smart enough?

Experienced enough?

Open enough?

Secure enough?

Inspiring enough?

I purposely left out "tough enough" in that I have seen so many "tough guys" in my career and realize that "tough" can get you nowhere, or get you killed.

We need smart, sane and dedicated people running government and they need to be recruited by someone competent.

And now on to the important stuff.

We need to forget the silliness of "my health care plan is better then his," or "he palled around with terrorists," or "she purchased $150,000 worth of clothing."

We need to look to whomever we think is better suited to run the "business" of the Presidency in the most effective manner.

If you want to see effective, look at the months leading up to the Presidential campaign? Were you impressed by the way McCain ran his campaign? Did he change stuff every week or so?

Who was it who ran a campaign better than the other guy?

Who would appear to have the steadier hand on the tiller of government when the time comes?

"I am a maverick," is just not a winning strategy for a President. A maverick is not what I would want when determining policy or when speaking with world leaders. And by the way Senator, if you consider yourself to be one of those, you should keep quiet about it. Being intellectually different is OK, but being a Presidential maverick is not.

And now the rest of the story!

This delineation of presidential powers is just an explanation of a President's job. I garnered this from Google who undoubtedly copied it from our Constitution.

Here we go!

The powers of the President of the United States are set forth in Article II of the Constitution.

The President:

Serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. He can authorize the use of troops overseas without declaring war.

Makes treaties with other nations; however, the Senate must approve any treaty before it becomes official.

Nominates ambassadors, with the agreement of a majority of the Senate.

Presents information on the state of the union to Congress.

Recommends legislation to Congress.

Can convene both houses of Congress in special sessions.

Approves laws passed by Congress.

He will "Take care that the laws will be faithfully executed."

Appoints the heads of each Executive Branch Department as the Chief of the Government.

He also appoints Ambassadors, Supreme Court Justices, and other officials, with the agreement of the majority of the Senate.

Requests written opinions of administrative officials.

Fills administrative vacancies during congressional recesses.

Grants reprieves and pardons for Federal crimes, except impeachment.

Appoints Federal judges, with the agreement of the majority of the Senate.

In my not very humble opinion, Obama and Biden are up to the task, while McCain and Palin are not.

Smart counts!

Norman Horowitz
Admirer of smart