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Just How Smart is Obama?
American Thinker ^ | August 18, 2010 | Victor Volsky

Posted on 08/18/2010 6:52:00 AM PDT by libstripper

The meteoric rise to the presidency of Barack Obama was fueled in no small part by the widely-accepted contention that he was one of the smartest men ever to seek the Oval Office. He is not the first leader to be oversold.

"As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that he's a great military man -- I want you to know that." It is an article of faith among the mainstream media, even on the squishy right (Bill O'Reilly comes to mind), to start any discussion of the 44th President with a ritual expression of utter amazement at his enormous brain power.

This immortal witticism of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf after a lightning 1991 campaign that cut to pieces the Iraqi dictator's vaunted army resonates with me each time I read or hear any discussion of President Obama.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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Nails the Illegal.
1 posted on 08/18/2010 6:52:03 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

0bama gots smarts like Republicans in congress have cojones.


2 posted on 08/18/2010 6:54:40 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Iowa floods, Obama vacations. Moochelle Obama, please pass the cake.)
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To: libstripper

It’s not that 0 is smart - it’s just that the majority of the voters in 2008 were incredibly STOOPID.


3 posted on 08/18/2010 6:55:07 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: libstripper

If he was smart, he’d be a conservative.


4 posted on 08/18/2010 6:57:16 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: libstripper

Good piece.


5 posted on 08/18/2010 6:58:18 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: libstripper
"the widely-accepted contention that he was one of the smartest men ever to seek the Oval Office."

That's one myth that would get busted quick on "Mythbusters".

Masters Voice


6 posted on 08/18/2010 6:58:28 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: libstripper
If Zero is so smart, let's see his high school transcripts, SAT scores, and college transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law.

TOTUS won't release any of them, so we can speculate why he won't.

7 posted on 08/18/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: libstripper

8 posted on 08/18/2010 6:59:47 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: libstripper
I guess Obama is keeping his college transcripts sealed from public view because he doesn't want lesser mortals to be embarrassed that they can't come close to his brilliant record. Probably his IQ is listed there as 200+ with an asterisk explaining that they couldn't measure how far above 200 his actual score is.

Bill O'Reilly last night idiotically praised Obama for being very hard-working. He's probably spent less time per week working than any President since Taft, or FDR in his final year when his health was so poor.

9 posted on 08/18/2010 7:03:13 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: libstripper

Obama seems to be fairly intelligent, although people give him a lot of extra credit because he has a true genius as a performance artist. A silver tongue can create the impression of more smarts than its owner truly possesses.


10 posted on 08/18/2010 7:03:54 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: libstripper

I would like to see him on “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?”

That show is one of the best “exposes” of affirmative action. It is so enlightening of the subject that I wonder why it is not being called “racist” by the msm.

and what an irony! the show being hosted by a redneck!

It is amazing how many folk of color with two or more doctorates can’t even answer second grade-level questions, and could not answer any of the higher grades withot the help of the child actor.

yep, I’d love to see the loser on 1600 Pennsylvania on that show.


11 posted on 08/18/2010 7:03:55 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: libstripper
Obama is a product of affirmative action programs.

He was given a high school diploma because he was black.
He was admitted to columbia because he was black.
He was admitted to harvard because he was black.
He was put on the law review because he was black.

He never EARNED any of those degrees. He was simply GIVEN them because of affirmative action programs at all those schools, remember back when he was in school... quotas were still constitutional. Each of those schools had racial quotas they had to meet ... and at each step Obama was passed through undeservedly.

12 posted on 08/18/2010 7:04:00 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: libstripper

He’s smarter than a brick but not by much.


13 posted on 08/18/2010 7:05:26 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yeah, the only thing he’s smart about is getting an affirmative action education (of which we have no documentation) on the back of Whitey’s guilt, and letting an MSM elevate him to savior-like status to get him elected. Still doesn’t mean he’s the sharpest knife in the drawer.


14 posted on 08/18/2010 7:06:36 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: libstripper

Post a picture of a box of hammers.

LLS


15 posted on 08/18/2010 7:06:54 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: libstripper
Oh, I think Barry is pretty smart, but I'm not that impressed. He's a “gamer”. A snake oil salesman. You have to be kind of smart to fool a lot of people. He reminds me of a real good used car salesman. They can sell you a pretty crappy car by reading your emotions, reactions. (This isn't a put down of car salesmen in general...just some of those guys we've all run into at one time or another, looking for a used car.)

I'd like to see his grades from Oxy and Columbia and for that matter Harvard. I think he was an affirmative action student from kindergarten on up. Doesn't mean he's not smart, just not the genius the media makes him out to be.

He sure doesn't sound that smart when he strays from the TOTUS.

Same goes for Wookie. She was a good high school student,not great. I got better grades than her and was in loads of extra curricular activities...somehow Yale turned me down. Wonder why?

I love her “me and Barack” line. What a POS she is. Oh, but she is nearly as brilliant as Urkel, or so the media tells us. I'm sure she got that $300,000+ per year job at the hospital because she is such a smarty pants. Makes me gag...These two are grifters.

16 posted on 08/18/2010 7:07:08 AM PDT by Pigsley
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To: libstripper
smarter:


17 posted on 08/18/2010 7:07:29 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: libstripper
Just How Smart is Obama?

Not.

18 posted on 08/18/2010 7:08:31 AM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: libstripper

He is a pawn. It all was done for him - all he did was read the teleprompter and (now) vacation.


19 posted on 08/18/2010 7:08:47 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The biggest proclaimers of 0bama’s intellect
are those that want to think of themselves as intellectuals as well.


20 posted on 08/18/2010 7:08:59 AM PDT 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: libstripper
Great article. Especially like he last paragraph:

So with compliments to General Schwarzkopf: as far as Barack Obama being smart as a whip, he has no clue in economics, nor has he any understanding of foreign policy; he is supremely arrogant and doesn't care if it rubs people the wrong way; he has few political skills and no administrative ability, nor does he have any desire to engage in the day-to-day drudgery of ruling, preferring to reign instead; he revels in the luxury of presidential perks and delights in flaunting his excess. Other than that he is a true genius.

21 posted on 08/18/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: libstripper
Yes the 2.3 GPA says a lot and when the teleprompter takes a hit Ole doofus is tongue tied.
22 posted on 08/18/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: libstripper

He’s as smart as his teleprompters.


23 posted on 08/18/2010 7:10:17 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: libstripper
Dumb as a

Sharp as a


24 posted on 08/18/2010 7:10:21 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: libstripper

0bama claims to not be bi-lingual. Odd for someone who has spent so much time abroad.

0bama claims to not be swayed by Reverend Wright’s anti-White sermons. Odd for someone who has spent so much time in his church.

0bama needs professionals to explain or “clarify” every non-teleprompted utterance that he makes. Odd for someone who is such an accomplished “orator.”

Perfectly natural for an average Joe who snorted cocaine and passed the time by smoking reefers in High School, but the above would be odd for someone with a sky-high IQ.

Draw your own conclusions...


25 posted on 08/18/2010 7:10:29 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: libstripper

If Obama is so smart, why did his former co-workers say he was, “lazy, arrogant, and easily the lowest IQ in the building?” Smart people are generally complimented by their peers.


26 posted on 08/18/2010 7:10:46 AM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: libstripper
Just How Smart is Obama?

I don't think the meter goes that low.

27 posted on 08/18/2010 7:11:34 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: All

I have seen no independently verifiable evidence to suggest obama is smarter than Palin or Bush.


28 posted on 08/18/2010 7:11:44 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: libstripper

As one poster said on Lucianne, Obama was “affirmative actioned” to third base, and convinced himself he got a triple. The trouble is, we are supposed to go along with the charade.


29 posted on 08/18/2010 7:12:48 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Pearls Before Swine

He isn’t even a great speaker without his teleprompter. Check YouTube for “Obama stutters” and see how “smart” he is. He was elected because of his perceived race - no other reason.


30 posted on 08/18/2010 7:14:28 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: libstripper

Anybody ever post his IQ? Is that secret like everything else about him? Mystery, Babylon The Great?


31 posted on 08/18/2010 7:15:08 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: MrB
The biggest proclaimers of 0bama’s intellect are those that want to think of themselves as intellectuals as well.

That describes my liberal, waiting to inherit brother-in-law to a "T".

32 posted on 08/18/2010 7:15:21 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: libstripper

Why does Zero keep his college transcripts under lock and key? (In the same lock box as his birth certificate.)


33 posted on 08/18/2010 7:16:29 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: ronnyquest

and they said he stinks also.


34 posted on 08/18/2010 7:16:42 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Malesherbes

Did any one ever notice what happens when we write “Zero”, but instead of the “Z” - use an “0”, like we do with 0bama . . . and one gets an amazing commentary on the halfrican non-american.

but I think the word in context would probably be considered racist.


35 posted on 08/18/2010 7:19:14 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Bookwoman
He is a pawn. It all was done for him - all he did was read the teleprompter and (now) vacation.

He was a Manchurian candidate for sure. He was propped up all along. It would be an academic study to review what exactly happened to cause the party elite to favor Obama over Hillary Clinton. At the time of campaigning, I thought she was a shoe in.

36 posted on 08/18/2010 7:19:52 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( Where is Hugh Series?)
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To: libstripper
Assumptions of this sort could cause one acute embarrassment, such as the one experienced by the historian Michael Beschloss at the hands of Don Imus. Beschloss was extolling Obama's "sky-high IQ", but just as he was hitting his stride, the host interrupted his guest's rapture: "So what's his IQ?" The historian had to sheepishly admit that he didn't know.

Not a big fan of Imus, but he does occasionally pick up the obvious nut.

37 posted on 08/18/2010 7:20:14 AM PDT by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

38 posted on 08/18/2010 7:22:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: libstripper

“O” is patently incompetent at EVERYTHING.

He very obviously does NOT understand a thing about History and demonstrates this everytime he tries to speak on foreign policy or on any domestic issue which requires a frame of reference based on history or historical fact. He is an IDIOT and does not even know he is an IDIOT. That is the most offensive kind of idiot! Oh brother, Pee Wee Herman is a menta giant next to this guy


39 posted on 08/18/2010 7:22:17 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: libstripper

Obama transferred schools after his first two years, so his GPA from Occidental is irrelevant. Then he finished at Columbia College, an alternative school that is affiliated with Columbia University. Alternative schools usually allow the student to write his own curriculum and sign a contract to complete it. As far as we know, no one ever saw Barack Obama on the campus of Columbia college, nor does anyone remember ever being in a class with him. He did have an apt. and a roommate, just a couple of blocks from where William Ayres was living at the time. We also know that Obama travelled to Pakistan at that time, but we do not know how long he stayed there, or when he returned. It is possible that he was studying there and getting credit from Columbia College for his work in Pakistan.


40 posted on 08/18/2010 7:24:21 AM PDT by Eva
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To: libstripper

I expect he’s above average for the overall population, but nowhere near elite—and probably below average among our other presidents.


41 posted on 08/18/2010 7:25:07 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Liberalism is all about
affirming your own self worth.

Sowell does a great exposition of this in “Intellectuals and Society”.


42 posted on 08/18/2010 7:26:26 AM PDT 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: libstripper

“Just do a little contrafactual thinking. What if Obama had come into office and constructed a middle ground for his stimulus package using a few of the conservatives’ ideas on how to bring back the economy. And then imagine he’d gone on to craft his health care policy by picking off the moderate wing of the Republican Party. He would have been able to drive a wedge through the Republican Party that would have left them whimpering and whining in a corner as he continued to build on the coalition that elected him and won over several red states in 2008.

But that wasn’t the path our brilliant president took. He likes to brag that he’s pretty good at politicking, but he’s managed to infuse strength into the conservative movement in a way unimaginable just a couple of years ago. Yup, that’s our Barack, the brilliant politician.”

http://betsyspage.blogspot.com/2010/08/our-brilliant-president.html


43 posted on 08/18/2010 7:27:12 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: libstripper

There can be no longer be a shred of doubt as to OBOWzo’s embrace of Marxism. That he is also is a veritable Mulligan Stew of psychological pathologies makes him even MORE dangerous. Even a shrink as bright at Charles Krauthammer has trouble finding enough words to adequately describe what’s going on in the guy’s head.

My take is that he is a rare form of idiot savant whose “gift” is an urge to engage in mindless and continual eloqution and public oratory. His egocentrism and narcissism — probably resulting from having been abandoned first by his father then his mother — found in ALL politicians has reached a far higher level in him than in others and requires him to be “on” and the center of attention at all times.

(Even MSNBC leftist talker Ed Shultz, fresh from a visit to the White House, reported that Obama has turned the place into a shrine to – surprise – OBAMA, with portraits of his first year – and hopefully, his LAST full year – in office EVERYWHERE! Can you say “egomaniac?”)

Couple that with the problem described by microbiologist P.B. Medawar that

“(…) the spread of secondary and latterly tertiary education has created a large population of people, often with well-developed literary and scholarly tastes, who have been educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought”
and you have a formula for the creature known as Obama.

He is as lacking in the ability to think critically as are the voters who put him in office and who now bear full responsibility for the possibly irreparable damage now being done to this country by Obama and his minions.

The bigger problem – as pointed out by another Freeper – is that when the veneration by his former devotees fades and, like Hitler in his Berlin bunker, he begins to feel that they are not intelligent enough to appreciate his “brilliance,” he could become an even more dangerous and destructive creature than he is now.


44 posted on 08/18/2010 7:28:30 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: Keith in Iowa
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45 posted on 08/18/2010 7:29:51 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: Hugin

Michael Beschloss couldn’t identify two 44s poking him in the back.


46 posted on 08/18/2010 7:29:51 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ronnyquest
his former co-workers say he was, “lazy, arrogant, and easily the lowest IQ in the building?”

Which co-workers would these be? I hadn't heard this. Sounds absolutely convincing -- I just haven't seen it before.

47 posted on 08/18/2010 7:29:55 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz

University of Chicago Law. The “job” he was given at the behest of parties unknown for which he was woefully unqualified.


48 posted on 08/18/2010 7:33:48 AM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: maryz

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Ez4&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=lazy%2C+arrogant%2C+and+%22easily+the+lowest+IQ+in+the+building%22&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=


49 posted on 08/18/2010 7:35:33 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: libstripper
Wow, the comments there are awesome ▲
50 posted on 08/18/2010 7:36:03 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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