Barack unchained….

From the teleprompter, that is.  The guy’s oratorical skills decline rapidly without a script, don’t they?  He makes Dan Quayle look like the prodigy of extemporaneous speaking.

Clearly, this guy needs a little less blind adulation, and a little more time at Toastmasters.  I have said all along that Obama is not as smart as he (or his adulators) think he is.  He’s a two bit bright guy who got propelled far beyond his actual, and probably very solid, capabilities because of direct and indirect affirmative action.

As for me, I’m not ready for the affirmative action presidency.  I like my candidates qualified on their own merits, not because of some bizarre racial, and racist, quota system.

Hat tip:  Hot Air

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  • Gringo

    One defense of Obama’s gaffes is that he is speaking how many hours a day? It is difficult enough to learn how to keep out gaffes from a five minute prepared speech (Toastmasters), let alone several hours of off the cuff remarks. Be that as it may, someone with three to six months in Toastmasters has usually gotten rid of the “uhs” one sees in Obama’s off the cuff remarks.

    Of the previous 3 Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, we know the SAT scores of Bush (1206) and Gore (1355). We do not know the SAT scores of Kerry. I have seen the college grades of Bush and Kerry. I have seen some remarks about Gore’s grades, so assume they have also been released.

    Granted, intelligence isn’t everything. Gore’s judgment , in my opinion, is far worse than “dumber” Dubya’s. My SAT & GRE scores are well above Gore’s, but I would not make a good President nor a good politician.

    I have seen nothing about Obama’s grades and test scores. Previously, the Editor of the Harvard Review was the highest-ranking student. This was not the case for Obama, and proof if that would appear to be that in contrast with established protocol, he did not publish under her own nave in the Harvard Review. ( Please correct me if I am wrong.)

    The defense against less than stellar grades and test scores is that one has good judgment and makes good decisions. FDR was not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but he usually exhibited good judgment in deciding among policy choices presented by his brighter cabinet members.

    Obama’s judgment has been cast into question, regarding his choosing of associates Ayers, Wright, and Rezko. His decision making has been cast into doubt, such as his voting “present” so many times as a state legislator, and his backtracking on such issues as Wright and Trinity church, Iran, and Israel. His basic knowledge has also been placed into judgment, such as his locating of Kentucky relative to Arkansas and Illinois.

  • Gringo

    Correction:
    “he did not publish under her own nave in the Harvard Review. ” to
    “he did not publish under her own name in the Harvard Review. ”

    Perhaps I should not be so critical of Obama.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Gringo, I’ll always take good sense over bookish intelligence. The mere fact that Carter was probably one of the most academically smart Presidents we’ve ever had is itself sterling proof that brains are not an indicator of Presidential quality.

    However, as I noted here, a liberal friend about whom I blogged here could advance Obama’s purported intelligence as the only concrete reason to vote for him, and he’s not alone. The familiar meme of the smart Democrat and the dumb Republican is already awash in the MSM. I therefore think that, coupled with Obama’s manifest lack of common sense, his intelligence is fair game.

  • Gringo

    I therefore think that, coupled with Obama’s manifest lack of common sense, his intelligence is fair game.

    Agreed. Obama may well lose the grand slam: judgment, decision-making, basic knowledge, basic intelligence.

  • Mike

    Common sense and experience usually beats intelligence every time. Some people don’t have brains enough to come in out of the rain;never mind know that it’s even raining.

  • socratease

    Obama may well lose the grand slam: judgment, decision-making, basic knowledge, basic intelligence.

    You left out experience.

  • Ymarsakar

    Gringo, I’ll always take good sense over bookish intelligence. The mere fact that Carter was probably one of the most academically smart Presidents we’ve ever had is itself sterling proof that brains are not an indicator of Presidential quality.

    The more intelligence you have, the more deficient in other areas you become for the average genius. Some excel in all fields, mental, physical, and spiritual but most who are intelligent are that way because they sacrificed or nature took away their various other qualities. Qualities such as wisdom, which is achieved through learning from your mistakes, which as a genius, you might not actually have any in your particular specified field, are often deficient for those that choose to highlight and grow their intelligence.

    Most people’s intelligence is given to them. Education can provide them better means to express that natural intelligence, but the most gains that can be made is actually in the field of wisdom, whether concerning life, spirituality, or the long view.

    Politicians or individuals that choose to put most of their energy into highlighting their intelligence can only be doing so because they refused to obtain any wisdom or failed to do so in any case.

    The fundamental difference between wisdom and intelligence is between parallel thinking and serial thinking. Intelligence takes one object or factor out of a chain of 50,000 and looks at them individually. After they finish, they start on a new object/factor. Intelligent people are focused and very fast in acquiring solutions to immediate problems. When you need to analyze or solve a particular problem right now, you need brains.

    However, wisdom uses parallel processing, which is processing 10,000 objects at the same time out of 50, or 25k or even 100% of the factors all at once using intuition and “gut instinct”. This doesn’t come from nothing of course. It is also much slower. You still need to be able to think, you just aren’t able to process individual problems as quickly as a smarter person. What you are able to do is to bypass the “smarter person” by getting to the end of the task, meaning the strategic rather than tactical goal, of analyzing and solving each problem and incident in the string of 50,000 problems.

    Parallel processing also creates “jumps”, which the purely intelligent cannot acquire. These intuitive jumps allows a sort of estimate and re-construction to be applied to a picture that is missing parts. The wise are able to leap frog and jump to the correct solutions without finishing the analysis or problem solving. They don’t need to consider every problem and attempt to solve every problem, and then use the results to gain the “final goal”. They can tap into their previous experiences and use wisdom to apply an old solution to a new problem or see that the old problem is the same as the new problem via recognition.

    A smart person can look at 49,000 pieces of 50,000 total pieces and still not get the “big picture”. An intuitive person can leapfrog to the big picture after finishing as little as 50%.

    Carter is incredibly naive in that he attempts to use a strict formula against all these “conflicts”. Carter does not look to see what binds these things together. It is not that he is incapable of intuition nor that he lacks experience. It is just that Carter refuses to see the underlying principles which cause the death and devastation he decries. For if he allowed himself to make those kinds of jumps, he would have to recognize that he himself is one of the premier agents of misery, destruction, and death on the human planet. I doubt Carter ever had enough self-honesty, wisdom, or courage to be able to do that.