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Obama Ain’t All That Bright

One of the recurring themes surrounding the anointed one’s campaign and presidency has been his towering intellect. Never in the history of man have we seen such a genius, such a brain, and such a capacity for sagacity. His acolytes would have you believe that he combines the intellectual wattage of Aristotle, Einstein, and Hawkings and yet can still shoot hoops and drink a beer with the boys. He’s a legend among men, a veritable man become god.

Well, after the state of the union address the other night, I can tell you it just isn’t so. He’s not that smart, and there’s plenty of evidence for that assertion.

First, he’s a lawyer. Or at least he has a law degree.  I have a law degree, and have practiced law for the past eighteen years. I have seen a wide variety of practitioners and judges, I’ve read Supreme Court opinions, and listened to innumerable lecturers during continuing education classes. After all this time, I have come to a number of conclusions. One is that Warren Burger was right when he claimed that most of the lawyers who appeared in front of the supreme court were unqualified to be there. I would extend his criticism to the local level.  Another is that most, if not all, of the lawyers I have known, are average minds.  Even those justices touted as great aren’t geniuses; they’re merely adept at using a particular language, which to the layman appears highly complex.

Secondly, he just doesn’t understand the people’s reaction to his health care proposals. During the state of the union address, he said, “I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.” Follow me on this. The problem, according to him, is that we’re not smart enough to understand it. If only he had explained it better, we’d understand how wonderful it is! There are a couple of problems with this. First is the implicit assumption on his part that we’re too stupid to understand it. He understands it, and sees it as a failure to “dumb it down” enough for us. Perhaps it is more correct to say we do understand it, and reject it. Second, he feels we’re pretty stupid not to go along with Obamacare.   He said, “the process left most Americans wondering, “What’s in it for me?”” If only he had explained that there was something in it for us, like there was for Mary Landrieu or Ben Nelson.

Third, he doesn’t understand the constitution as well as one might expect for a law professor. Which could go to show that law professors aren’t all that sharp, either. But in this case, he misstated the effect of a Supreme Court decision so badly that Justice Alito was seen to mouth the words, “not true,” during the state of the union address. Obama said, “the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections.” What he fails to realize is that the decision in question leaves untouched numerous federal laws that prohibit foreign corporations from contributing to campaigns. Or perhaps he does realize it, and like FDR, is using populist rhetoric in an attempt to force the court to hew to his marching orders.

The funniest part of his screed against the court is his statement that, “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” He, of course, had no complaints when George Soros (nee Schwartz) spent 25 million to defeat Bush. He didn’t complain either about the powerful interests that donated vast sums to his campaign, like the University of California, bundler of 1.5 million, or GoldmanSachs, an investment firm, that bundled 1 million. Other banking concerns that donated to Obama were Citigroup ($700,000), JPMorganChase ($700,000), and MorganStanley ($500,000).

I just can’t buy that he is some sort of genius. Genius is in short supply in the world, and it very rarely wastes itself on becoming a lawyer or politician.

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