John W. Smart says Obama isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer:
Obama is not politically brilliant at all. We were told – often and with smug glee – that he would be a President with an unrivaled intellectual power. I’ve always found this particular froth laughable. Intellectual giants become giants because of what they achieve. Einstein wasn’t a genius because people thought he might one day come up with a theory that restructured our view of the entire universe. He actually had to come up with it. Only then did “genius” become the go to modifier for Albert. There was no evidence that Obama would be transformative. None. Zero. Zilch. There still isn’t.
We heard a lot of things about Barack Obama back in 2008.
We heard he was a great speechifier. I’ll agree the speech he gave in 2004 was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. The one in 2002 sure didn’t seem to make much of an impression at the time. I didn’t listen to the one in Iowa but his followers sure loved it. But I listened to the Greatest Speech on Race Ever™ and I was underwhelmed.
But whether or not someone is a great speechifier is fairly subjective. What you find moving and inspirational I might consider boring. Nothing in Obama’s speeches has had the enduring impact of “I have a dream” or “Four score and seven years ago.”
But intelligence, brilliance, genius – those are things that we can determine somewhat more objectively. While the accuracy of any specific criteria can be debated, we would expect plenty of evidence to be available.
There are IQ tests, like the Stanford-Binet and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. I was given the WISC when I was ten and afterward they put me in a special class (not the short-bus kind.) We have never heard whether Obama ever took any of these tests.
Grades in school can provide some evidence of intelligence, but effort is as big or bigger a factor as brains. Someone with average intelligence can often get straight A’s if they work hard enough. But we don’t know what Obama’s grades were because he won’t release his transcripts.
From time to time we are told that Obama is reading various works, but he is never tested on the material. Does he really read all the things he claims? ¿Quién sabe?
Obama hasn’t contributed anything in the realm of mathematics or science. We’ve been told he is a legal scholar but he has never authored anything scholarly.
Obama has authored a couple of non-scholarly books, but then again so has Sarah Palin. If that makes him a genius then it must make her one too.
The reality is that Obama isn’t an intellectual, he’s a pseudointellectual.
1. a person exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
2. a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.
3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by fraudulent intellectuality; unscholarly: a pseudointellectual book.
Like the guy with the pony-tail in this scene:
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