From American Thinker:
The meteoric rise to the presidency of Barack Obama was fueled in no small part by the widely-accepted contention that he was one of the smartest men ever to seek the Oval Office. He is not the first leader to be oversold.
"As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that he's a great military man -- I want you to know that." It is an article of faith among the mainstream media, even on the squishy right (Bill O'Reilly comes to mind), to start any discussion of the 44th President with a ritual expression of utter amazement at his enormous brain power.
This immortal witticism of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf after a lightning 1991 campaign that cut to pieces the Iraqi dictator's vaunted army resonates with me each time I read or hear any discussion of President Obama.
Does Obama deserve his reputation? Not really -- unless of course, a "perfectly creased pant" is a true metric of rapier-sharp wit and towering intellect, as David Brooks seems to think. One can certainly take such things on faith merely on the basis of credentials: the right university, the right profession, the right crowd. Columbia and Harvard Law alum -- what other proof is needed that the holder of such lofty achievements must be right up there with the Einsteins of the world? Assumptions of this sort could cause one acute embarrassment, such as the one experienced by the historian Michael Beschloss at the hands of Don Imus. Beschloss was extolling Obama's "sky-high IQ", but just as he was hitting his stride, the host interrupted his guest's rapture: "So what's his IQ?" The historian had to sheepishly admit that he didn't know.
Obama 2008 campaign event, Beaverton, OR (unless it was a Freudian slip, considering that there is indeed an entity consisting of 57 states; it's called the Organization of the Islamic Conference)? Or the "Austrian" language which Obama believes is spoken in Austria? Or "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died - an entire town destroyed." -- 2007 campaign speech on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people. Or as he said in this year's Ramadan greeting, "Islam has always been part of America and...American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country." What country was he talking about? Or this pearl: "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong." An occasional slip of the tongue is an accident. A habit of dumb misstatements is evidence of laziness and lack of mental discipline; of the tongue just wagging uncontrollably. Is it evidence of Obama's intellectual superiority?
The Jackass party always wants to believe that its guys are the smartest people in the whole widey world and reality always rears up and bites them in the ass.
Remember how John Kerry was supposed to be an intellectual titan compared to the borderline retarded George W Bush? Remember also how the release of college transcripts and SAT scores revealed that Mr. Bush had both a higher IQ and GPA than Mr. Kerry?
Remember how Hillary Clinton was the smartest woman to ever tread the earth but her grand master plan to win the Democrat nomination was to simply expect everyone to get out of her way and concede the nomination to her and how she had absolutely no backup plan to face a serious challenger?
Remember how it never even occurred to Bill Clinton (the sharpest intellect that had ever sat in the Oval Office) that a star-struck teenybopper might just keep - undrycleaned - the little blue dress that he had splooged all over?
Remember how Jimmy Carter, a nuclear scientist no less (actually an engineer) sat with his thumb up his rectum until it was too late in the year to launch a hostage rescue attempt in Iran - then ordered a hostage rescue in Iran.
Every time they think they've got a new "smartest person ever" they turn out to be something of a dim bulb and Obama is keeping up the tradition.
Why, you might ask.
It's actually very simple. You have to be an idiot to believe in socialism and that is what the modern Democrat party is, the party of socialism.
Given socialism's demonstrated failure to produce any outcome over the long term (and sometimes over the short term) than misery, poverty and tyranny no thinking person (other than young people with no real world experience and simply don't know any better) could possibly invest the slightest faith in it.
Yet Democrats do invest boundless faith, hope and optimism in the belief that just one more attempt with the "right people" in charge will "get it right" and produce the promised utopia.
For adults to think this way they must be either insane or very, very stupid.