After that, he shuts down. Literally.
This anecdote is supposed to illuminate Energy Sec Steven Chu's lack of political acumen. Instead. it illuminates Barack Obama's lack of intellectual dexterity:
Internally, some have questioned Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s role in overseeing the efforts, noting that the Nobel laureate with the keen grasp of physics at times seems to lack political skills. On one occasion, Chu prepared a dense PowerPoint presentation to brief Obama on the complexities of last summer’s BP oil spill. After Chu narrated six slides, one senior adviser who attended the meeting recalled that Obama simply stood up and said, “Steve, I’m done.”
Or maybe Barack Obama is a man who, to paraphrase Dirty Harry, knows his limitations. And he's aware of his brain-pan's inability to absorb any information or data that conflicts with anything outside of an extremely small ideological box. So why waste his time trying to comprehend facts that will get rejected upon receipt anyway?
Homer: I didn't need that new fact! Now I forgot who won Bud Bowl VIII!
Or perhaps this:
HOMER Oh. And how is 'education' supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?
MARGE : That's because you were drunk!
HOMER: And how.