Is Barack Obama Dumb?


I could be wrong, but I don’t recall ever seeing the above headline during the 2008 Democrat presidential primaries or the general election. Yet that was the big story on Politico today, the question being asked not about President Obama, but Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Another Texas governor who drops his “g’s” and scorns elites is running for president and the whispers are the same: lightweight, incurious, instinctual.

Strip away the euphemisms and Rick Perry is confronting an unavoidable question: Is he dumb — or just “misunderestimated?”

The Texan’s loyalists reject the suggestion, asserting that it owes to political bias and sour grapes, but Perry himself seems to welcome the low bar. He cracked on the campaign trail earlier this month that the difference between him and Bush was that he went to Texas A&M and the former president attended Yale. …

Blah, blah, blah. Read what you want into it, at least Rick Perry has a pretty successful record to run on, unlike the current president whose superior intellect was, and is, taken as a given by an incurious press. We still haven’t seen his college transcripts. Do you think that if he earned stellar grades those records wouldn’t be on display for all to see? What about his writings while at Harvard Law? Jack Cashill took a look at a letter he published and was unimpressed.

Obama was prompted to write by an earlier letter from a Mr. Jim Chen that criticized Harvard Law Review’s affirmative action policies.  Specifically, Chen had argued that affirmative action stigmatized its presumed beneficiaries.

The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged.  In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

“Since the merits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues,” wrote Obama, “I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that “merits … have.”  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.  He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times.  In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: “Approximately half of this first batch is chosen … the other half areselected … ”

Another distinctive Obama flaw is to allow a string of words to float in space.  Please note the unanchored phrase in italics at the end of this sentence: …

Read the whole thing, it looks like his wife could be an even dimmer bulb than he is. But I doubt we’ll see any “Is Barack Obama dumb?” headlines coming out of the main stream media. One thing you can count on is the “dumb, evil, crazy” meme will be used against whichever candidate wins the GOP primary.

Update: As to Rick Perry’s intelligence, Russ Vaughn made an excellent point:

This week, an image tweeted by David Limbaugh, reminded me that the libs and Dem operatives are repeating their 2004 mistake by misunderestimating another Texas presidential contender. In Perry’s case, he flew a big, four-engine, C-130 Hercules, a very fast, very tactically tough, troop transport capable of landing and taking off on short, dirt runways under the worst of weather and combat conditions. Piloting that big, old macho bird, folks, is a very hazardous occupation requiring britches full of cojones and a brain full of quick-decision making capability. I know because it is a plane with which I am intimately familiar, having jumped from 130’s many, many times. It was a widely-favored jump platform of the U.S. Army Airborne.

As with fighter pilots, the United States Air Force does not entrust a very, very expensive aircraft and the lives of up to 64 highly-trained paratroopers to a moron. In fact, if anything, the Air Force places more trust in those who fly troops like me into high-risk combat situations, a fact for which I am eternally grateful. So, once again, I am forced to point out to those wussies on the left that morons do not become military pilots. In fact, acceptance into and completion of a military flight training program is de facto proof of higher intelligence and above average decision-making skills, Not only did Rick Perry show the Air Force he had the right stuff, he has continued to demonstrate it throughout his political career with the same kind of smart, calm decision-making that made him the trusted custodian of a plane full of paratroopers.

Update, via Hot Air, Michelle Malkin weighed in today. She also asked if Obama is dumb. I swear, I didn’t hear this until after writing this post.