Obama As The Stupidest Genius President Ever

Well, at least he’s not arrogant, right?

The aircraft was large, modern and considered among the world’s safest. But that night it was flying straight into a huge thunderstorm. Turbulence was extreme, and airspeed indicators may not have been functioning properly. Worse, the pilots were incompetent. As the plane threatened to stall they panicked by pointing the nose up, losing speed when they ought to have done the opposite. It was all over in minutes.

Was this the fate of Flight 447, the Air France jet that plunged mysteriously into the Atlantic a couple of years ago? Could be. What I’m talking about here is the Obama presidency.

When it comes to piloting, Barack Obama seems to think he’s the political equivalent of Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and—in a “Fly Me to the Moon” sort of way—Nat King Cole rolled into one. “I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,” he reportedly told an aide in 2008. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m . . . a better political director than my political director.”

On another occasion—at the 2004 Democratic convention—Mr. Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter that “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game.”

Of course, it’s tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he’s criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

I don’t buy it. I just think the president isn’t very bright.

Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know. Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama came to office with no experience. Plutarch warned that flattery “makes itself an obstacle and pestilence to great houses and great affairs.” Today’s White House, more so than any in memory, is stuffed with flatterers.

Much is made of the president’s rhetorical gifts. This is the sort of thing that can be credited only by people who think that a command of English syntax is a mark of great intellectual distinction. Can anyone recall a memorable phrase from one of Mr. Obama’s big speeches that didn’t amount to cliché? As for the small speeches, such as the one we were kept waiting 50 minutes for yesterday, we get Triple-A bromides about America remaining a “Triple-A country.” Which, when it comes to long-term sovereign debt, is precisely what we no longer are under Mr. Obama.

Then there is Mr. Obama as political tactician. He makes predictions that prove false. He makes promises he cannot honor. He raises expectations he cannot meet. He reneges on commitments made in private. He surrenders positions staked in public. He is absent from issues in which he has a duty to be involved. He is overbearing when he ought to be absent. At the height of the financial panic of 1907, Teddy Roosevelt, who had done much to bring the panic about by inveighing against big business, at least had the good sense to stick to his bear hunt and let J.P. Morgan sort things out. Not so this president, who puts a new twist on an old put-down: Every time he opens his mouth, he subtracts from the sum total of financial capital.

Then there’s his habit of never trimming his sails, much less tacking to the prevailing wind. When Bill Clinton got hammered on health care, he reverted to centrist course and passed welfare reform. When it looked like the Iraq war was going to be lost, George Bush fired Don Rumsfeld and ordered the surge.

Mr. Obama, by contrast, appears to consider himself immune from error. Perhaps this explains why he has now doubled down on Heckuva Job Geithner. It also explains his insulting and politically inept habit of suggesting—whether the issue is health care, or Arab-Israeli peace, or change we can believe in at some point in God’s good time—that the fault always lies in the failure of his audiences to listen attentively. It doesn’t. In politics, a failure of communication is always the fault of the communicator.

Much of the media has spent the past decade obsessing about the malapropisms of George W. Bush, the ignorance of Sarah Palin, and perhaps soon the stupidity of Rick Perry. Nothing is so typical of middling minds than to harp on the intellectual deficiencies of the slightly less smart and considerably more successful.

But it takes actual smarts to understand that glibness and self-belief are not sufficient proof of genuine intelligence. Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.

Oh, well. Never mind about that thing about him not being pretty much the world’s most self-exalted specimen in the history of the human race.

By some strange coincidence (or by some mystical alignment revealing the essence of Obama for the foolish fraud that he is), the same day the above article emerged the following Dilbert cartoon came out:

Note the stunning similarity in character: yes, the narcissist is a complete screw-up, but somehow he believes himself to be absolutely magnificent.

Have you ever encountered one of those punk kids who was just as certain that he was smarter than everybody else as he was that he was God’s gift to the entire universe?  Usually these arrogant little vermin end up in prison because they just keep going farther and farther and getting away with crap until they finally take that one giant step too far.  But occasionally they get elected president before the truth emerges about them.

When that happens, in the words of former chair of Obama’s council of economic advisers Christina Romer, we are all “pretty darned f—ked.”  At least, that is, until somebody finally does something to control the irritating little turd.

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4 Responses to “Obama As The Stupidest Genius President Ever”

  1. Robbie Says:

    and judging by the market reactions – it knows we are pretty darn f@##$%! and since when did the fed become an entity making politically reactionary decisions like keeping the fed funds rate at 0% for two years – when normally it is reviewed quarterly.

    These leftists hacks can fool media, the 20% of Americans in their
    cult but not the markets.

    also someone mentioned the uptick one day this week was in response to the possibility of a QE3.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Robbie,

    As I understand it from reports, the Fed’s move on Aug 9 to essentially promise to keep rates at near 0 percent practically guarantees that they will do a QE3.

    The Fed held out QE3 as a “tool” in their report Aug 9, but most believed it was FAR too early to launch this third hail Mary bomb (bringing up 4th down from our own 1/2 yard line with the length of the field to go, to finish the football analogy).

    I wrote what turned out to be something of a rant here: https://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/as-we-stare-into-the-abyss-of-a-great-depression-let-me-ask-you-who-was-right/

    I added a lengthy update explaining my thoughts after the market soared 430 points yesterday, and then updated again as it tanked today.

    I suppose the fact that I ranted puts me in your “we are pretty darn f@##$%!” category :)

  3. Ritchie Kernighan Says:

    Very well put. We now get another Act in this tragedy. Syria is now an issue because Vladimir Putin has determined that he can show solid leadership and support of his existing allies, by putting Russian troops and conventional weapons and forces in play to combat ISIS. President Obama is trying to reclaim leadership which he LOST because he had no decent plan for Syria and ISIS. Obama is now claiming to be the leader of a group of nations interested in eliminating ISIS, but Putin is the world leader actually deploying in the theater of war. Again Obama is stupid, not only in areas he claims to understand, but abysmally stupid in areas he is known to avoid, like military matters. Obama has been avoiding the actions which would be effective against ISIS by refusing to allow aircraft to work below 10,000 ft., and by refusing to place even a few battalions on the ground in Syria and Iraq. He is unwise.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Ritchie Kernighan,

    The funny thing, to the extent that massive death and suffering inflicted because of a fool president’s stupidity can be “funny,” is how Putin is literally bombing what little “strategy” Obama had. Obama has been saying absolutely no American boots on the ground, basically refusing to arm any rebel resistance while saying over and over again that Assad has to leave. Well, Obama, why is Assad going to leave? Because you talked him to death???

    So the ONLY way for Obama to get Assad out of Syria, which Obama has publicly vowed and continues to publicly vow to do, is to have a rebellion drive him out.

    Well, enter Russia, enter Putin. And who is Putin bombing? The very rebels Obama has been depending on.

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