By Alan Caruba
How many recall the eight years of George W. Bush’s two terms in office during which he was constantly derided as being too dumb to be president? He was deemed “a frat boy” and yet Bush had graduated from Yale University and went onto to secure a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. When his grades were compared to Sen. John Kerry during his campaign for reelection, it turned out he had higher scores.
We can’t compare Barack Obama’s grades to Bush or anyone else because they, along with his birth certificate, and indicators of his scholastic achievements have been hidden from public review.
This is not, however, a defense of Bush. This is about a question that millions of Americans are beginning to ask. Is Obama just a moron?
When I use the term, it should be noted that we have had presidents in the past who had impressive scholastic records, but who still turned out to be dumber than your average pea-picker and ridge-runner.
Woodrow Wilson took office after a distinguished career in academia and had been the governor of New Jersey. It was Wilson who embraced the income tax and who turned out to be astonishingly naïve about international affairs despite having helped the allies win World War One. Jimmy Carter, on paper, was no dummy. A graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, he had been governor of Georgia, but as president he was a dismal failure.
In early 2009, I wrote a commentary, “Putting a Child in Charge”, suggesting that having a young president—he was 47 at the time—be in charge of the greatest economic and military power in the world might not be a good idea. I noted that Obama’s resume was unusually thin in terms of any real achievement. His main claim was that he had been a community organizer in Chicago. Politically he was best known as a state senator for voting “present” much of the time and he had barely spent any time in the U.S. Senate before beginning to run for president.
It’s not like he didn’t signal what he actually thought. “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times…and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.” Huh? When did we ever care what other nations thought about our driving, eating, or the setting on our thermostats?
And Michelle was scary, too. “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual—uninvolved, uninformed.”
Not that far into his first twenty months in office, the independent Tea Party movement erupted all over the nation and it wasn’t because hundreds of thousands of Americans were uninvolved or uninformed. The problem was that a million of them had earlier journeyed to Washington, D.C. to protest against passage of the disastrous Obamacare “reforms” only to be dismissed by the White House as “wrong.”
Americans took notice of all the tax cheats and various loonies nominated to be in Obama’s cabinet, many having to withdraw from consideration, one who became Secretary of Treasury, and dozens who went on to become “czars” without any vetting from Congress.
So far, the guidance offered by his initial choices as economic advisers has driven up the deficit to historic highs and done nothing to reduce unemployment. So, as Michelle says, Obama will require you to work…just as soon as he figures out where real jobs come from.
The President just admitted that he was unaware there were no “shovel ready” projects for a huge infusion of government funding and yet he used that phrase over and over again while stumping for his failed “stimulus” program. Even the mayor of a small city could have told him that, but Obama had never run so much as a lemonade stand until being elected President.
At this point, Obama has spent more time playing golf in just under two years in office than Bush spent during his entire eight years. He does so mostly on Sundays and was noticeably missing from any church attendance until people began to think he was a Muslim.
As the midterms approached, key members of his administration have headed to the exit doors including his aforementioned economic advisors, a national security advisor, and his chief of staff. The man credited with getting him elected, David Axelrod, will quit soon to help shape his campaign for reelection if, that is, Democrats are stupid enough to nominate him again.
Famously, Americans early on realized that Obama could not deliver a speech without having Teleprompters and, when called upon to speak without them, became a mass of stuttering, sputtering, sentence-splitting incoherence.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Obama demonstrated an ability to insult whole nations while, at the same time, apologizing to the world for America’s exceptionalism and achievements.
He sent back a bust of Churchill to the British consulate and his gift to then Prime Minister Harold Brown was a box of 25 DVDs, all in a format that would not work in the UK. He gave the Queen an iPod preloaded with 40 show tunes.
Mostly, though, he has insulted the intelligence of millions of Americans, many of whom will be going to the polls on November 2nd to let him know they think he is a moron and among the worst, if not the worst, president to have ever held that office.
© Alan Caruba, 2010
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