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Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'
The American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2010 | Larrey Anderson

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: genius; humility; intelligence; machiavellian
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1 posted on 12/21/2010 3:07:34 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
We had a game in elementary school. It was called olympics of the mind. This individual(obama) would get schooled from a 2nd grader...
2 posted on 12/21/2010 3:13:09 AM PST by allmost
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To: Scanian
He's the biggest turd in the punchbowl.

bicycle-1sm

3 posted on 12/21/2010 3:13:09 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Scanian

Nice concept for an essay but riddled with holes. :-(


4 posted on 12/21/2010 3:14:03 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Scanian
Every bill coming out of Congress next year should include a provision requiring Obama to release his academic records.

I'd like to see Obama giving the justification for vetoing the bills containing this requirement.

5 posted on 12/21/2010 3:17:25 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Obama has demonstrated to the world the failure of Affirmative Action)
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To: Scanian

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.


6 posted on 12/21/2010 3:17:44 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Scanian

Haiku Guy’s First Law:
If someone mentions IQ,
They are a moron.


7 posted on 12/21/2010 3:18:39 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: Scanian

Obama is a legend in his own mind.


8 posted on 12/21/2010 3:20:03 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Cowboy Bob

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


9 posted on 12/21/2010 3:22:55 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Scanian
The smartest person in one room fully understands that he may not be the smartest person in the next. That's a large part of what it takes to be "the smartest person in the room."

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.

10 posted on 12/21/2010 3:25:23 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Scanian
"...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..."

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."

11 posted on 12/21/2010 3:29:14 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Scanian

...as long as “the room” is a closet...


12 posted on 12/21/2010 3:29:26 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Scanian

The work is still above his pay grade...

13 posted on 12/21/2010 3:33:16 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“probably crazy to boot”

One of the basic traits of a lefty, wouldn’t you say?


15 posted on 12/21/2010 3:43:14 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Nervous Tick

Somebody needs to do a photoshop of 0 as Henry VIII.

Maybe chewing on a big turkey leg.


16 posted on 12/21/2010 3:45:12 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

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?


17 posted on 12/21/2010 3:45:19 AM PST by FreedomForce (A conservative 2012)
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To: FreedomForce

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.


18 posted on 12/21/2010 3:48:28 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
ZERO AIN'T MY HERO -
AND NEVER WILL BE
19 posted on 12/21/2010 3:58:10 AM PST by DeaconRed (The Old Man is Down The Road. . . . . . .)
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To: FreedomForce

He also thinks there are 57 states and Penn State’s team is the Nittaly Lions. Oh, and Cominskey Field.


20 posted on 12/21/2010 3:58:33 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Voter#537

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.


21 posted on 12/21/2010 4:03:13 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: allmost

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!)


22 posted on 12/21/2010 4:10:42 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: Scanian

I’m not sure he’d be the smartest one on the room if he were alone with Trig Palin.


23 posted on 12/21/2010 4:11:55 AM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: Scanian

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.


24 posted on 12/21/2010 4:13:13 AM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: RichInOC

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.


25 posted on 12/21/2010 4:14:38 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Didn't aging has-been Sharon Stone continually remind us she was a genius? She at least had to memorize her lines. Obama: Not As Smart As Sharon Stone.
26 posted on 12/21/2010 4:21:09 AM PST by Oratam
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To: poobear

I would disagree on the : that his input was force fed.


27 posted on 12/21/2010 4:28:08 AM PST by allmost
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To: Scanian
Let's have a look at his school records to see how smart he is...oh, right.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 12/21/2010 4:41:26 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
"Every bill coming out of Congress next year should include a provision requiring Obama to release his academic records. I'd like to see Obama giving the justification for vetoing the bills containing this requirement."

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)

29 posted on 12/21/2010 4:43:27 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: Scanian

If he’s talking to the press, he’s probably right.


30 posted on 12/21/2010 4:44:07 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: Scanian
When you are as dumb as a box of hammers and billed as the smartest man in the room... it does not take long for the lie to become obvious... even to a nation of hammers.

LLS

31 posted on 12/21/2010 4:50:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Scanian
It is very easy to be the smartest kid in the room when you exclude everyone who might disagree with you.

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).

32 posted on 12/21/2010 4:52:25 AM PST by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Scanian
the boy's problem is that he THINKS he's the smartest in the room... he's not
33 posted on 12/21/2010 4:57:02 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Daveinyork
If he’s talking to the press, he’s probably right.

According to Obama, that would be the press corpse.

34 posted on 12/21/2010 4:58:39 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: Scanian

He is not even the smartest one if he was locked alone in a closet. There may be some bacteria or dust mite.


35 posted on 12/21/2010 5:01:03 AM PST by st.eqed
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To: Scanian

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.”


36 posted on 12/21/2010 5:06:42 AM PST by bushpilot1
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To: Scanian

To quote Rush Limbaugh,Barack Obama is the least intelligent person in any room he walks into.


37 posted on 12/21/2010 5:07:12 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: bushpilot1

No, you’d probably have to substitute “Mombassa” for “Bethlehem.”


38 posted on 12/21/2010 5:08:56 AM PST by Scanian
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To: allmost

smartest only if he’s the only one in the room or it’s the morgue!


39 posted on 12/21/2010 5:13:34 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Lessthantolerant

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.


40 posted on 12/21/2010 5:21:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Scanian

If O is the smartest person in the room, what does that tell you about everybody else in the room?................


41 posted on 12/21/2010 5:29:27 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an “idiot”, you can be sure that you are doing to something right.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
In my younger days I ran a fairly large company. My claim to fame was that I achieved that position by always hiring people that were smarter than I was to support me and then taking good care of them. I always hired an assistant that could do my job. That made me redundant in that position so I would be elevated to the next position.

You are only as good as your supporting cast. Choose well!

42 posted on 12/21/2010 5:46:07 AM PST by River_Wrangler (Nothing difficult is ever easy!)
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To: Scanian

Yep. He's the smartest Wee Wee in the room all right. No doubt in my mind at all.

43 posted on 12/21/2010 5:49:26 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: Scanian
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.

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.

44 posted on 12/21/2010 5:54:16 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: FreedomForce

Kerry’s IQ was lower than Bush’s and they spun it by hiding the fact until the bitter end.


45 posted on 12/21/2010 5:54:33 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Scanian

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.


46 posted on 12/21/2010 6:08:43 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

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.


47 posted on 12/21/2010 6:13:50 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Haiku Guy

Someone bashing IQ tests almost certainly can’t do very good on them.


48 posted on 12/21/2010 6:16:54 AM PST by Tolsti2
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To: Tolsti2
Someone bashing IQ tests almost certainly can’t do very good on them.

I have never taken an IQ test. Why should I?

49 posted on 12/21/2010 6:42:26 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: Scanian
To Obama's sycophants, their perception is their reality. They expect him to be the smartest person not merely in the room but on the planet, and therefore he necessarily is.

Peter Sellers starred in the movie in the early 1980s--Being There--that comically portrayed this very phenomenon.

50 posted on 12/21/2010 6:51:49 AM PST by behzinlea
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