Michael Bechloss with this one appearance on the Don Imus show goes to the head of the line for the dumbest historian ever. How so? Listen as he proclaims Barack Obama the smartest President ever in the entire history of the United States. Talk about Obama Derangement Syndrome:
Let’s recap if I may. Barack Obama has refused to reveal his SAT or ACT scores. If you scored in the upper 90th percentile and were running for President and people were questioning your youth and inexperience would a smart person prevent people from seeing those scores?
Barack Obama also refuses to open up his academic record as an undergraduate at Occidental and Columbia. If he graduated from Columbia with Cum Laude (or higher) one would expect a prospective candidate for President to publicize the fact? At least a smart candidate would.
He sure as hell let us know he got ELECTED to the Harvard Law Review. Of course that was not based on academic merit. So where is the evidence of the intelligence?
As his first decision as President-elect he selects Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. Since Barack based his campaign on the notion that anyone who supported the October 2002 Resolution giving the President authority to go to war with Iraq was not qualified to serve in the White House, it is natural to wonder why he gives Rahm Emanuel, a staunch supporter of that resolution, a pass? If you have campaigned on bringing a new style of non-partisan politics to Washington and you select Emanuel, who is known as one of the most partisan, tough politicians on the Hill, is that “brilliance?”
Are you super intelligent for putting a former Bush intelligence officer, John Brennan, in charge of your intelligence community transition effort when he played a direct role in helping George Bush use the threat of terrorism as a political weapon?
Barack Obama is no dummy. But scary smart? I don’t think so. If this guy is the smartest person ever to walk into the Oval Office, then how do we explain that he entered into a boneheaded land deal with a guy who was under investigation for corruption (and subsequently convicted)? If he is so smart then why does he sit in the pews of Jeremiah Wright’s church for twenty years and never realize that there was anything wrong or hateful about Wright’s crazy sermons? I also wonder why a guy with an IQ that is supposedly off the charts worked closely with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers on two different boards and never for a second thought this might create a political problem down the road. Wouldn’t a really smart guy, who was mulling the possibility of running for President, hold at least one hearing on Nato or its role in Afghanistan as a way to burnish his foreign policy credentials?
We know this much. Obama is smart enough to recognize when a policy position, an association, or a vote is a liability. He has demonstrated a willingness to abandon previous promises and buddies–e.g., publicly financed campaigns, FISA, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, etc.–without a second thought. But on that score he is just like a long string of other Presidents who have sat in the Oval Office. I look forward to the evidence that he is the “smartest EVAH!!”