August 09, 2011

We're With Stupid

Or should I say, that I'm stuck with him until impeachment, his criminal trial, or his electoral defeat.

I'm sure everyone is rolling their eyes about the possibility of impeachment and a criminal trial, but you're not counting on his intellect the way that I am:

How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he's criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he's too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

I don't buy it. I just think the president isn't very bright.

Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know. Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama came to office with no experience. Plutarch warned that flattery "makes itself an obstacle and pestilence to great houses and great affairs." Today's White House, more so than any in memory, is stuffed with flatterers.

Much is made of the president's rhetorical gifts. This is the sort of thing that can be credited only by people who think that a command of English syntax is a mark of great intellectual distinction. Can anyone recall a memorable phrase from one of Mr. Obama's big speeches that didn't amount to cliché?

Every bit of available evidence suggests that Barack Obama is every bit as dumb and arrogant as he appears to be. We're pressing forward with our Gunwalker investigation, and it appears more and more likely that fellow conspirators are going to turn against Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, other agency directors, prosecutors, and the White House to save themselves from criminal prosecution for their roles in facilitating hundreds of murders.

Is our President a man evil enough to sacrifice the lives of citizens in two nations to push a policy goal? Read the evidence—or witness the on-going cover-up—and come to your own conclusions.

I'm rather fond of the mental image of ex-President Obama behind bars and facing trail in a Mexican courtroom.

Luckily for us, he's just unintelligent enough to put himself there.

Update: Via sue in the comments, another biting dissection of Obama's alleged intelligence:

It has become obvious, in a sense that cannot be denied, that Obama is a fundamentally stupid man. He has all the equipment, all the training, would probably do well on all the tests -- but it doesn't come together and produces no worthwhile results. He knows all the buzzwords, and how to get them across. He easily impresses crowds and onlookers so long as the questions don't get too detailed. But he can't turn any of this into action. Everyhing he touches, without exception, falls to pieces. He has no single political success to his record. His administration is one endless Gobi, lifeless and bare. Compared to Obama, even Warren Harding, the last man on everybody's list, looks like a beleaguered giant. What we have in Obama is the stupidest man who ever sat in the Oval Office.

That's one part of a harsh assessment. Make sure you read the whole thing.

Mike Adds: I'd quibble with the author in only one respect: there is no evidence that Mr. Obama has done well on academic tests, or that he would do well on such measures. I have no doubt that at least some of the people with whom I attended college would recall that I was quite good at test taking in general, but there appears to be not a soul who could say the same about Mr. Obama. In fact, there seem to be very few people who recall Mr. Obama doing what one does in college: attending classes, writing papers, etc. For an actual college student, college is more than a full time job, and when one is absent from work, so to speak, it is quite obvious. I rather suspect that his inability to test well, perhaps even to complete classes, is the reason that his undergraduate and graduate transcripts are protected by walls of security that would provoke envy in the CIA. Not the sort of thing one sees with the truly intelligent.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 9, 2011 02:24 PM

I have two words for anyone wanting to impeach Obama: President Biden.

Posted by: Glen Harness at August 9, 2011 03:46 PM

'Gun walker' is definitely the biggest and most sinister political scandal of my lifetime (I'm 63). I'm confident that Issa & Grassley are going to keep dogging the (mis)administration and will eventually find the proverbial smoking gun.

I'll settle for BHO back in Chicago come 1/20/13.

Posted by: Parker at August 9, 2011 03:49 PM

Sadly, I’m really starting to question the application of Hanlon’s Razor to Obama. If nothing else, sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice – and sometimes that’s the idea.

We're seeing some pretty advanced incompetence these days.

Posted by: Jake at August 9, 2011 03:52 PM

Here's a much better "is he stupid?" article:

Posted by: sue at August 9, 2011 05:35 PM

I thought the post title referred to the 3 Democrat Senate stooges appointed to the uber duper commission today.

"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Posted by: LibertyAtStake at August 9, 2011 07:37 PM

I keep finding myself thinking of a cipher, a man that doesn't exist, whose life was written by a scriptwriter. (A Hollywood scriptwriter, in dire need of a continuity editor!) A created man, created to be elected president. And I swear I see George Soros behind the curtain, too. Old George needed a spectacularly stupid, pliant, self-absorbed puppet to tear this country apart, and Valerie Jarrett supplied him.

Works as well as any other scenario I've heard.

Posted by: Lgbpop at August 9, 2011 08:58 PM

To use some D&D imagery...

Intelligence 15

Wisdom 6

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at August 9, 2011 09:02 PM

I recall the left's indictment of George W. Bush:

"He's stupid!"

"He's an evil genius!"

You can't have it both ways, and I think the same is true of Obama. While there is certainly abundant evidence that Mr. Obama is not the brightest bulb on the marquee, I believe he does have a vision for this country (a vision many of us would not like to see become reality).

His lack of leadership, absence of business and economic experience, and inability to form coherent sentences without the aid of a teleprompter has not hindered him in his quest to "fundamentally transform" this nation. While most on the right recognized Bush's shortcomings, it appears many of Obama's supporters are still true believers in his mindless "hope and change" mantra.

For me, 2012 can't come fast enough.

Posted by: Just Sayin' at August 9, 2011 11:40 PM

I don't think you can put a President through a criminal trial while he (or she) is still in office. (It is a separation of powers thing.) Charges have to be filed after the individual has left office.

That means we are stuck with The Won until impeachment or his term ends. (He does not have to be defeated at the polls - he could also do a Lyndon Johnson and choose not to seek re-election, although I do not think that likely.)

I suspect whatever crimes Obama commits (short, maybe of killing a Democrat Senator), he cannot be removed from office through impeachment, as there are at least 35 Democrats in the Senate that would vote against conviction, despite the charges and the evidence supporting those charges. (Now if he kills a Democrat in the Senate, that's another matter, as physical -- as opposed to political -- self-preservation kicks in. But even the Big O isn't that stupid.)

Posted by: Mark L at August 10, 2011 07:21 AM

My guess is that Obie WON!!! took 'pass-fail' classes, and he was passed without having to appear in any of the classes, or just stopped by 45 minutes late for each one--kind of like he did for his committees when he was an affirmative action Senator.

Posted by: TimothyJ at August 10, 2011 04:48 PM