Imagine a COMPETENT Barack Obama, and you get an idea of who John James is.
From his website:
At 17, John made the decision to serve his country. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals, among other awards, while logging 753.8 flight hours in theater leading two Apache platoons.
After eight years of service to the nation, he was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan to work in the family business: James Group International. Currently its President, John has led the company from $35 million to $137 million in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the country since 2012.
Obama would appear to have baby feet trying to fill James’ shoes.
While James lost in his bid to become a senator from the state of Illinois, in many ways he won.
First, James ran a respectable race. The senate was James’ first foray into politics. So he knew he had a big hill to climb.
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Second, James garnered national attention. And for the GOP to showcase black men of James’ caliber and character represents a win for the party and the country.
But James still needs that extra push that only Trump seems to give candidates. And he may be getting it.
According to The Detroit News:
President Donald Trump is considering Michigan businessman John James, who lost a November election to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, to replace United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to two people familiar with the matter.
James, a Republican from Farmington Hills, tried to unseat Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, in a traditional Democratic presidential state that helped Trump win the presidency in 2016. He lost to the incumbent senator 46 to 52 percent, making it a closer race than polls initially suggested.
The Trump administration is considering putting a person without ambassador’s experience into the job, a source said. James has never been an ambassador, but a source said a person with ambassador’s experience would likely be his deputy if he is chosen.
What’s interesting about James as a choice is that, like Trump, James is a businessman.
The fact that he has no political experience in some ways is a plus. If indeed James is selected, to have an experienced Number Two would be all he needs.
But he would also have the help of one of the best UN ambassadors in quite some time.
Nikki Haley would gladly make herself available in the transition and afterward. Come to think of it, a James/Haley or Haley/James ticket certainly is a future possibility.
On that point, consider what President Trump would have accomplished.
He positioned Nikki Haley to be the first female POTUS. And he’s likely looking at James for similar reasons. How many people consider the on-deck circle in politics.
Trump is planning his succession. And he’s playing the Democrats’ game of “diversity”, except his choices are legit.