Like George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama is a Harvard grad. But unlike Dubya, who has oft been classified in the media as being not too bright, Obama has been championed as a major intellect. But the fact is, Obama is "not that bright" either, as Jack Kelly posits in his latest commentary on Real Clear Politics.
Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.
"So what is his IQ?" Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn't know. He was just assuming.
Many shared that assumption. Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are "smart" (278 million hits on Google), "intelligent" (62 million) and "brilliant" (24 million).
There is little evidence to support it. Mr. Obama went to Harvard, but so did George W. Bush, who some liberals consider dumber than dirt. The president won't release his transcripts, so we can't judge by his grades. Mr. Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review, but when he was selected, popularity mattered more than scholarship.
Kelly also mentions that:
Obama never tried any cases at the law firm he joined.
Obama's "oratorical skills" are bogus since he is dependent upon a teleprompter for any coherency.
Obama's autobiography "Dreams From My Father" was written with help from his leftist/US terrorist buddy William Ayers, at least so says journalist Christopher Anderson who wrote a biography about the Obamas.
"The book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers' own writing," Mr. Andersen wrote.
Then Kelly reminds us of all the not so smart things Obama has said over the years:
there are 57 states;
Canada has a president;
"Austrian" is a language;
America is "20 centuries" old;
Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan.
He's called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.
And remember how everyone lambasted George W. for mispronouncing nuclear "nucyular", even though many people do, including some well-known TV anchors and reporters? Well, Obama has had his own verbal gaffes including calling a Navy Corpsman "Corpse-man"- twice- at a national prayer breakfast; and has no clue how to pronounce Libya correctly.
Another major gaffe that Kelly missed was when Obama referred to Hawaii as part of Asia.
Of course this is a mere drop in the bucket as far as Obamaisms go. Google 'Obama gaffes' and you'll find a slew of websites and articles referencing them.
Kelly has some other interesting information in his article, well worth the read.