Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Is Obama Smart? Does Rain Fall Up?

Short answer: No. Better question: Does he have even an average level of intelligence?

But I've been claiming Barack Obama is intellectually deficient for some time; I'm just glad the Wall Street Journal is giving the question some play, although no doubt as soon as a liberal bright enough to read it does so the charges of racism will fly. Begging the question, should the job of the presidency be an affirmative action position, where less qualified politicians are given a leg up due to race or gender? And if so, should we not just send in Michele Bachmann to start measuring the drapes? Or are only liberal women allowed to check that particular box?

Just funnin' with ya...here's the money quote from the WSJ article, one that I will no doubt refer to ad nasuem in the future:

Much of the media has spent the past decade obsessing about the malapropisms of George W. Bush, the ignorance of Sarah Palin, and perhaps soon the stupidity of Rick Perry. Nothing is so typical of middling minds than to harp on the intellectual deficiencies of the slightly less smart and considerably more successful.

But it takes actual smarts to understand that glibness and self-belief are not sufficient proof of genuine intelligence. Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.

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