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Our Smartest President?
Townhall.com ^ | January, 26, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky

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 Obama’s followers and embraced by the Obamas.

The question of the President’s 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 “It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.”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 don’t 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 Obama’s 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 – “I’m for it, but what is the reality of it?” Enough said.


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1 posted on 01/26/2014 1:02:34 PM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 01/26/2014 1:03:09 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

James Garfield.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 1:03:44 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Kaslin


4 posted on 01/26/2014 1:07:08 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Is no longer alive.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 1:07:58 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Obamas IQ is off the charts


6 posted on 01/26/2014 1:08:01 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Kaslin

7 posted on 01/26/2014 1:09:48 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: al baby
Is it that low?


8 posted on 01/26/2014 1:09:58 PM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: Kaslin

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.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 1:10:25 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin
Obama - the smartest black man to ever be elected to the presidency.

And the fifth best president ever:


10 posted on 01/26/2014 1:10:44 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: Kaslin

11 posted on 01/26/2014 1:11:38 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: rktman
RIP R.R.

12 posted on 01/26/2014 1:12:25 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Kaslin

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.”


13 posted on 01/26/2014 1:12:45 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Chode

Oww Rah! Not bad for a “dumb actor” huh?


14 posted on 01/26/2014 1:14:00 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: gorush

....Our Smartest President?....

Probably Thomas Jefferson.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 1:14:50 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Honorary Serb

Quite possibly.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 1:20:04 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: rktman
100%
17 posted on 01/26/2014 1:20:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

This illiterate electorate got exactly what it deserves.

Too bad they’ll remain after this tumor is removed from the WH.


18 posted on 01/26/2014 1:25:39 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: jazusamo

That is such a classic moment


19 posted on 01/26/2014 1:26:22 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: bicyclerepair
ain't that the truth...
20 posted on 01/26/2014 1:27:08 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Kaslin

so where did that $800 billion go? If there were no “shovel-ready projects”, what DID they spend it on?


21 posted on 01/26/2014 1:28:42 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Chode

That is just too funny! What a maroon!


22 posted on 01/26/2014 1:29:04 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Honorary Serb

I too would guess Jefferson but TR was also brilliant.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 1:29:13 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Slyfox; All

“...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!)


24 posted on 01/26/2014 1:31:24 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kaslin
"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.” "

WHICH ONES??? WHY ARE THEY STILL USING UP TAX DOLLARS??

25 posted on 01/26/2014 1:31:47 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: P.O.E.
yup, a world class, supercilious azz, of the first magnitude...
26 posted on 01/26/2014 1:33:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Iron Munro

“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.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 1:36:00 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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28 posted on 01/26/2014 1:37:48 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: al baby

Yes,but on which end of the chart?


29 posted on 01/26/2014 1:39:30 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Kaslin

st ruler of an advanced state who you could compare with Bork Obunga would be Steven the Stupid of Stupiland...


30 posted on 01/26/2014 1:44:33 PM PST by varmintman
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To: Mr. K

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.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 1:46:45 PM PST by anoldafvet (If you think the government is capable of taking care of you, just look at the indian tribes)
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To: Honorary Serb

> Probably Thomas Jefferson.

Possibly John Adams.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:18 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kaslin

Not this bozo....I still think that Washington was a great great man and thinker


33 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:19 PM PST by Nifster
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To: al baby

you bet.... on the left hand side of the bell curve


34 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Mr. K

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.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:52 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: varmintman
That didn't work somehow...

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...

36 posted on 01/26/2014 1:48:24 PM PST by varmintman
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To: Kaslin

Biden said he was clean and articulate. Nothing about smart, but now I am getting curious about his personal hygiene.


37 posted on 01/26/2014 1:48:30 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: al baby

I saw what you did there, baby al....


38 posted on 01/26/2014 1:48:32 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Mr. K

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.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 1:48:55 PM PST by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: Mr. K

$800B is enough money to build 66 aircraft carriers. 66!


40 posted on 01/26/2014 1:52:32 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin
It's all of a piece, though. Obots thought Obama smart because he didn't venture his opinions but sat there looking "thoughtful." Next to someone as impulsive as McCain, a candidate who knew to keep his mouth shut would likely appear more intelligent. The guy who can just sit there listening to everyone else's opinions can get built up into an intellectual giant by his admirers because, not venturing an opinion, he doesn't look foolish.

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.

41 posted on 01/26/2014 1:57:42 PM PST by x
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To: Chode

42 posted on 01/26/2014 1:59:43 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Honorary Serb

....Our Smartest President?....

Probably Thomas Jefferson.

Monticello? He didn’t build that.


43 posted on 01/26/2014 2:05:12 PM PST by Zuse
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To: Kaslin

"Obama is, without a doubt, the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into."

  - Rush Limbaugh


44 posted on 01/26/2014 2:06:53 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: al baby
Obamas IQ is off the charts

You are of course referring to his Irritation Quotient, his innate ability to irritate the majority of Americans.

45 posted on 01/26/2014 2:07:17 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: al baby

Which way?


46 posted on 01/26/2014 2:17:25 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Kaslin

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.


47 posted on 01/26/2014 2:17:44 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

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.


48 posted on 01/26/2014 2:19:58 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Mr. K

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.


49 posted on 01/26/2014 2:26:25 PM PST by digger48
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To: Kaslin
I have a graduate degree, and I have worked construction where the mud was up to my thighs. I have known a wide variety of educated and non-educated people. People from the inner city, and hicks from the sticks. I know a guy who can barely write his name, but I saw him take two non working construction trash pumps and make one working one, at the jobsite. You find smart people everywhere. And you find dumb people everywhere. Forget IQ, I think that there are several marks of a smart person.

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.

50 posted on 01/26/2014 2:35:31 PM PST by fhayek
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