Skip to comments.Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'
Posted on 12/21/2010 3:07:28 AM PST by Scanian
Since Obama first stepped on the national stage, pundits have fallen all over each other in a race to declare that Obama is special type of genius. Tom Shales of the WaPo recently called Obama "the smartest kid in the class." Billionaire Julian Robertson claimed, "Obama, from all I read, thinks that on every occasion that he is the smartest person in the room. And I think he often probably is. ..."
Robertson may be half-right. Obama apparently does consider himself the smartest person in every room. According to Peter Baker of the NYT, "One prominent Democratic lawmaker told me Obama's problem is that he is not insecure -- he always believes he is the smartest person in any room and never feels the sense of panic. ... [Emphasis added.]"
How do Shales, Robertson, and even Obama know that the president is the smartest kid in the class or the smartest guy in the room? There is an interesting and little-discussed quandary (in logic it is called an aporia) in the assertion that person X, whoever that might be, is the smartest person in the room.
Before we examine this problem, let's set down some parameters. What do these people mean by "smartest"? Since the discussion is about politics, it is fairly safe to assume that "smartest" does not refer to some standard test for intelligence.
Thinking it through, Obama's admirers cannot be referring to his IQ. In terms of IQ, Obama is clearly not the smartest person in any room he enters. The fact of the matter is that Obama's IQ scores have not been made public. Guesses by enthusiasts of his IQ range from 140 to 170 [i]. Obama's detractors calculate a much lower IQ.
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Nice concept for an essay but riddled with holes. :-(
I'd like to see Obama giving the justification for vetoing the bills containing this requirement.
My non-expert opinion: He is not the smartest person in every room. He is unquestionably the biggest jackazz in the world at this time. I am certain that in the fullness of time, his truth will be exposed.
Haiku Guy’s First Law:
If someone mentions IQ,
They are a moron.
Obama is a legend in his own mind.
O is the smartest person OR living creature in the room if he is with a gerbil, cockroach, and bunch of carrots.
but then some might even challenge that.
way over your head big boy
Good call. I think Obama's narcissism really shines through in this sort of observation. There are a lot of smart freepers who have worked with some very special individuals in their lives. Anyone who has had that sort of experience ought to be fully aware that overweening self-confidence is an error -- the guy next to you might well be three steps ahead of you in his thinking. Smart people like to work with other smart people -- and having someone possibly out-think you is part of the adrenaline rush.
If Obama always thinks he is the smartest person in the room, then he is a fool, and probably crazy to boot.
To hell with Obama's problem. Our problem is that Obama is afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder.
"Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others.... While this pattern of behavior may be appropriate for a king in 16th Century England, it is generally considered inappropriate for most ordinary people today."
...as long as “the room” is a closet...
The work is still above his pay grade...
“probably crazy to boot”
One of the basic traits of a lefty, wouldn’t you say?
Somebody needs to do a photoshop of 0 as Henry VIII.
Maybe chewing on a big turkey leg.
He thinks corpsman is pronounced corpseman and that Austrian is a language. How smart could he be?
My guess is that they’re not releasing his IQ because it’s lower than GWB’s, and how would the media spin that?
The suggestion that 0 has “street smarts” may have validity...but even that is fake since he had to move to the Southside and hook up with The Wookie and “Rev” Wright to learn them.
Nothing real or authentic about 0.
He also thinks there are 57 states and Penn State’s team is the Nittaly Lions. Oh, and Cominskey Field.
I question anyone who classifies this clown as intelligent to prove he is in fact the smartest person they ever met.
I ask them aften to give me concrete proof he is even intelligent.
Why would anyone seal their records from public view? Easy to understad when you see Obama, the man, I use that term loosely, is barely able yo think beyond his latest telepromter sentence.
Barry’s main problem is he’s never had to deal with anyone with brains larger than a pea. It’s easy to organize people using large orated words they’ve never heard before AND coming from a “black” man. Disgusting BS. He couldn’t sell dollars for 50 cents to the rest of us! (I wish dollars were worth 50 Cents!)
I’m not sure he’d be the smartest one on the room if he were alone with Trig Palin.
If there was Obama and his dog Bo in the same room, Guess what the dog is even smarter than Obama, because the dog would leave the room at the earliest possible moment. Just think of it, the dog is so smart that Obama has to pick up after him. So much for the smartest man in the world, as he is dumberer than a Dog.
I kinda thought that one reason 0 bailed on that presser two weeks ago was that he knew damn well that Clinton was much quicker on his feet and would show him up if he stuck around.
I would disagree on the : that his input was force fed.
Or better yet, just quietly slip the provision into a major bill. Obama won't read it in there (do you really think he actually reads these bills before he signs them?) Then he can find out AFTER he signs.
Bwaaaa - Ha Ha (evil laugh)
If he’s talking to the press, he’s probably right.
When I was in school we called a person who acted in this manner a “bully”.
Smart kids knew that they were smart because they were constantly tested against others.
I have yet to see this smartest kid in the room under go any kind of test much less an honest one (no automatic disqualification based on being a racist).
According to Obama, that would be the press corpse.
He is not even the smartest one if he was locked alone in a closet. There may be some bacteria or dust mite.
Here is something obama does not know, believe and will never say..
“Today in the town of Bethlehem a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
To quote Rush Limbaugh,Barack Obama is the least intelligent person in any room he walks into.
No, you’d probably have to substitute “Mombassa” for “Bethlehem.”
smartest only if he’s the only one in the room or it’s the morgue!
Here’s the explanation of why all leftists continually spout how intelligent BO is:
every one of them has this juvenile desire to be or feel superior to others,
by vehemently proclaiming that the guy they support is a genius (and you’ll see this with EVERY leftist running for office), they promote themselves to that level of being “in with the smart people”.
It goes right along with the whole reason that most of them even are leftists - in order to feel good about themselves when they have no other supporting factors.
If O is the smartest person in the room, what does that tell you about everybody else in the room?................
You are only as good as your supporting cast. Choose well!
Yep. He's the smartest Wee Wee in the room all right. No doubt in my mind at all.
I had to look up the meaning of the word aporia, and this is what I got
Logic, Philosophy . a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.
I see the major problem with the article in that definition. I can find no evidence that obama is intelligent at all. The only evidence that obama is smart and intelligent has been made from whole cloth by the media and the left. Yes, he is savvy, and a very good speech reader. Anytime ANYTHING is put in front of him that takes any semblance of intelligence, or common sense, he is tripped up and looks like a complete buffoon. If not for machinations of a compliant media and the blind ideology of his followers the man would have been run out of politics long ago.
Kerry’s IQ was lower than Bush’s and they spun it by hiding the fact until the bitter end.
I agree with Rush. Baraq is the LEAST qualified person in ANY room. Kind of takes one to back t William F. Buckley’s comment about the Bronx (was it the Bronx?) telephone directory. Just run your finger down the list of names and you’ll find more qualified people.
I think it wwas Boston because he was making the point that he’d rather be governed by the first couple hundred people in the phone book than by the Harvard faculty.
Someone bashing IQ tests almost certainly can’t do very good on them.
I have never taken an IQ test. Why should I?
Peter Sellers starred in the movie in the early 1980s--Being There--that comically portrayed this very phenomenon.