Malone, pithy and devastating, on the President’s intelligence:
I’ve never seen any evidence of that, at all. Extremely intelligent? Extremely modest intelligence, would be my rating of Obama’ s smarts. And very swift on the con. Driven by self-love and megalomania.
Obama’s a packaged product, and was always more hype than substance. One of the standards of extremely intelligent people is good judgement. Twenty years in Jeremiah Wright’s church kills that. Obama is an obfuscator and prevaricator. Bad character. Not too smart.
Intellectuals are experts in manipulation of words. Since they fancy themselves to be intelligent, they assume that intelligence “looks like” their verbal skill set. Since Obama speaks crisply with few slip-ups, he is ipso facto intelligent. (as opposed to “potatoe” and “Is our children learning?” — and Joe Biden is, I would maintain, a special case) This effect is multiplied by “the soft bigotry of low expectations” multiplied by a contradiction in liberal thought: they can observe (because they have been castigated for making the observation) that Obama speaks better than most black people, but “black people” are equal to “white people”. Ergo, if Obama speaks better than other blacks who are equal to white people, then Obama is superior to everyone.
I’m not sure I want to totally buy into the “multiple intelligences” gobbledygook that educarats use to explain away their failures. But my wife, who admits to being a disaster with language, thinks for herself, can perceive reality clearly, and is a better mechanic than I am. Obama’s alternative skill-set, had he grown up in Africa without his education, would have made him a successful “solicitor” in your email, asking for your help in resolving a rich man’s estate.