Skip to comments.Our Smartest President?
Posted on 01/26/2014 1:02:34 PM PST by Kaslin
It all kind of started to fall apart when he said no such thing as shovel-ready projects. That was of course after he committed more than $800 billion to government expenditures that would supposedly stimulate the private economy after the 2008 financial crunch. The fact that President Obama was so blindly ignorant about what it takes to get any construction project done in this country -- with the burdensome laws in place -- was foretelling of the avalanche of examples deflating the moniker foisted upon us that our latest and greatest President was our smartest President.
Recently we were promised certain things by incoming administrations. Bill Clinton promised the most ethical administration, and we all know that lasted about three minutes give or take a few seconds. Obama promised us and then continued telling us We are the most transparent and ethical administration in history. We can say no one has gotten shot as happened in the Clinton Administration, but certainly this is the least transparent administration since William Henry Harrison. Even his allies complain about not having access to info. The press corps photographers have been cut out of participating in photo sessions and then are promised by press secretary Jay Carney that the White House is working on it. But the boast of Obama being Our Smartest President was endorsed by Obamas followers and embraced by the Obamas.
The question of the Presidents aptitude revolves principally around operation of the government. It would be different if he were anti-government, wanting to slash and burn operations. One would think that he would know about how government operates and then proceed to speak intelligently about how it does. He often seems befuddled.
As was stated to Chris Matthews, The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization, Obama said. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly. This is something you would expect to be said by Ronald Reagan in the first year of his presidency, not by Barack Obama after five years of being president -- especially after no previous comments regarding the inefficiency of the gargantuan federal government.
The list of times he has pled ignorance staggers the imagination. Chief among them are the AP records incident, the IRS targeting scandal -- and the list goes on and on after which and about which our President steps up to a microphone and tells people that he had no idea. Of course, then there are his many foreign policy issues that could be delineated. The fact that he receives an intelligence briefing daily and then pleads no knowledge of events makes one wonder what is being conveyed during those meetings. One might think that there would be a discussion around September 4th or 5th that the anniversary of 9/11 is coming up, and what is being done to protect our personnel in foreign countries plus stopping attacks on the Homeland. But our President was severely unprepared for what happened in Benghazi and the aftermath. He did not even seem to know much once things were happening, and then went to bed while our Ambassador was being murdered.
My personal favorite that questions the aptitude of our President is his professed lack of knowledge that the NSA was listening in on phone calls of foreign leaders. Some may say he was just denying the truth, but I dont believe so. The argument can be made that denying he knew makes him look stupid, but not as stupid as if he knew of the program. And I do not believe it was willful ignorance. Our President did not think to ask whether the NSA was not just spying on foreign governments but spying on foreign leaders, especially ones that are our friends. It just rankles the imagination that Obama could be overseeing this program and not think to ask that question.
In the end those who attempted to convince us Obama is such a smart guy have been betrayed by their own naiveté. It is characterized by the column in New York Times detailing how Obamas most loyal followers (New York liberals) have been caught in the Obamacare debacle with cancelled policies and soaring premiums. One of the intelligentsia who attempted to convince us how brilliant our President is was quoted as saying this about Obamacare Im for it, but what is the reality of it? Enough said.
Is no longer alive.
Obamas IQ is off the charts
Nobody noticed when he spoke in platitudes, clunky metaphors, used strawmen, outrageous exaggeration and was mostly void of facts.
On Tuesday he will once again divide the country with outrageous claims of bipartisanship, the rich versus the poor, and other distractions like global warming or sexual assaults or race slogs and completely gloss over the FACT he’s been the captain of this ship for FIVE YEARS.
And the fifth best president ever:
In his biography of Obama, “The Bridge,” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, quotes White House senior adviser and longtime Obama friend Valerie Jarrett:
“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. ... He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. ... So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. ...
He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”
Oww Rah! Not bad for a “dumb actor” huh?
....Our Smartest President?....
Probably Thomas Jefferson.
This illiterate electorate got exactly what it deserves.
Too bad they’ll remain after this tumor is removed from the WH.
That is such a classic moment
so where did that $800 billion go? If there were no “shovel-ready projects”, what DID they spend it on?
That is just too funny! What a maroon!
I too would guess Jefferson but TR was also brilliant.
“...I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually.”
My Basset Hound is smarter than our current _Resident.
(And equally as much of a life-long MOOCHER!)
WHICH ONES??? WHY ARE THEY STILL USING UP TAX DOLLARS??
“Smart” is one of those terms that has several different meanings.
In the common idiom, “smart” is sometimes wrongly used as s synonym for “intelligent” or “learned”.
More often, “smart” refers to a very keen eye for dress and mannerisms, presenting a polished and highly developed sense of appropriateness for the occasion, especially in a formal setting, and is immediately noted by all the connoisseurs in the room.
“Smart” may also refer to the sharpness of pain from an injury that abrades or opens a cut on the skin, but not necessarily a deep injury, only one that triggers a lot of undesirable sensations and possibly an outcry.
And sometimes “smart” is reserved for the wise-guy response, the arrogant braggery that goes with an overly inflated ego, the worked up quick retort, that sometimes leads to a fat lip or black eye.
Pick the one that applies to this particular situation.
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Yes,but on which end of the chart?
st ruler of an advanced state who you could compare with Bork Obunga would be Steven the Stupid of Stupiland...
We had a project here in Louisville. A 1.1 miles extension of a four lane highway. It was estimated at 4.6 million and 6 months. It actually cost 57.4 million and took 26 months.
> Probably Thomas Jefferson.
Possibly John Adams.
Not this bozo....I still think that Washington was a great great man and thinker
you bet.... on the left hand side of the bell curve
Most of it went to bail out states that had depleted their unemployment and pension funds. If you live in a state that wasn’t spendthrift, you got squat. It was once pointed out that, for the money spent on that fiasco, we should have around 150 Golden Gate bridges or 25 Hoover Dams.
You could argue all day over who the brightest was, but dumbest is easy. The last ruler of an advanced state who you could compare with Bork Obunga would be Steven the Stupid of Stupiland...
Biden said he was clean and articulate. Nothing about smart, but now I am getting curious about his personal hygiene.
I saw what you did there, baby al....
Over $100,000.00 went to teach African men to wash their genitalia. $11 million went to buy clothes for job interviews. $148,000.00 went to one store in Detroit that provided clothes for just TWO people. Billions went to teach people to work in green energy fir jobs that never existed. Money was used to pay for wind mills built in China and Spain.
$800B is enough money to build 66 aircraft carriers. 66!
So now, we find out that Obama really didn't know that much and wasn't anywhere near as thoughtful as his fans thought he was. And now we hear that he didn't know about this and that -- IRS, Benghazi, etc. Maybe he was quiet and controlled back then because he really didn't know much.
....Our Smartest President?....
Probably Thomas Jefferson.
Monticello? He didn’t build that.
You are of course referring to his Irritation Quotient, his innate ability to irritate the majority of Americans.
I am not a fan of Lincoln as I think he was a protocommunist.
On the other hand, he really was smart. I still think Jefferson was the most brilliant and TR also. I think TR was the only person to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the Medal of Honor. I would not be surprised to learn that TR also won some literary awards.
BTW, TR actually earned his Nobel Prize.
I would guess Obama as the least intelligent. I can’t think of another president who was really just given everything others have to work for.
They built a fancy walk bridge over a reservoir here that is surrounded by multi-million dollar homes in the richest county in our state.
Smart people usually have a good sense of humor, and are able to tell a clever joke. Sometimes they are possessed with the ability to take a myriad of facts and condense the logic out of them. They usually have a keen wit and can turn a phrase that gets to the crux of an issue. A smart person is someone who knows how things work and can diagnose a problem quickly, or at least has a methodology for doing so. Smart people look at the resources they have and use them to the best purpose, not tie themselves to some 'perfect world' solution. There are many ways to be smart, unfortunately, Barack Obama does not posess any of these ways.