One of the seemingly enduring lies circulating "out there" is that Barack Obama lacks the experience to be president. This is complete horse shit.
Alan Ehrenhalt, writing as a special guest columnist for Newsweek, argues that we
shouldn't dismiss or denigrate the most important piece of Sen. Barack Obama’s political resume, his considerable time in the Illinois state legislature. While not refuting that Sen. John McCain has more experience, Ehrenhalt writes: "But here’s something I bet you didn’t know: If Obama becomes president, he will have spent more time serving as a state legislator (eight years) than anyone who has occupied the White House since Abraham Lincoln."
And that counts for something: "During the years that Obama served in Springfield, 1997-2005, he was forced to wrestle with the minutiae of health-care policy, utility deregulation, transportation funding, school aid, and a host of other issues that are vitally important to America’s coming years, but that U.S. senators are usually able to dispose of with a quick once-over…. And perhaps most important, there is simply more personal contact across the aisle than there is in Congress. Legislatures have grown more partisan in the past decade, as all of American politics has. But in most state capitols, the wall of partisan separation is nowhere near as high as it is in Washington."
Given his public service prior to serving in the IL legislature and his service in the Senate, Barack Obama is eminently qualified and more than sufficiently experienced to become commander in chief.