New Book Measures Presidential Qualifications and Candidate Rankings

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Author Jamin Soderstrom asked one simple question: Would you hire your president?

Jamin Stoderstrom

Likeability and political agreement are great, but they shouldn’t trump basic resume qualifications.

Is Donald Trump more qualified to be president than Barack Obama? What about Rick Perry? Sarah Palin? Hillary Clinton? The critical question voters must ask every four years is: Who is actually “qualified” to be president? That’s the focus of Jamin Soderstrom’s new book, Qualified (published by iUniverse).

Soderstrom’s book takes an innovative approach to presidential politics by creating resumes for all 43 presidents using eight constitution-based categories. “As the book came together it became clear that party affiliation, powerful speeches, and ideological stances on particular issues were far less important than a candidate’s overall resume qualifications when it comes to predicting presidential success,” says Soderstrom.

The ultimate results of the book’s analysis are striking. Qualified proves that more qualified candidates become more successful presidents. But it doesn’t stop there. It also creates resumes for 17 current or potential candidates and shows who is qualified, who isn’t, and what Barack Obama’s re-election chances are as an incumbent in 2012.

Soderstrom acknowledges that there are other “intangible” considerations American voters will look to when choosing their leaders, but for him a smart decision should always start with the candidates’ resumes. “Likeability and political agreement are great, but they shouldn’t trump basic resume qualifications,” he says. “If a candidate can’t perform the job successfully once elected, his or her intangible personal characteristics simply don’t matter.”

In the end, Soderstrom argues that it is nice for candidates to have five-step plans for solving our nation’s problems, but it is necessary for them to have enough relevant experiences and abilities to actually deliver positive results.

About the Author: Jamin Soderstrom is an attorney and currently serves as a law clerk for Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Soderstrom published “Back to the Basics: Looking Again to State Constitutions for Guidance on Forming a More Perfect Vice Presidency” in the Pepperdine Law Review in 2008, and writes occasional op-eds. He lives with his wife Lisa and Boston Terrier “Moose” in Houston, Texas.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.


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