"Look, people say, Obama was off his game. This is his game. If you take away a prompter, this is his game. He'll occasionally give a great speech, but if you look at him in his news conferences, which where you don't have a prompter and the president has more control, he gets to ask to decide who the questioner is and he gets to decide how long he talks, and what parts of an answer he'll give, he never does well. So this is who he is. I think people -- he's intelligent, but he isn't half
Since poster 6 addressed me so insultingly, I will break the rules and reply. Krauthammer was so enamoured with Obama's speaking ability, he forgot to check his credentials along with everyone else. He should have been exposing not admiring. You, it seems, would have agreed with Charles previously, because you are so enamoured with his ability to construct a sentence. We deserve better.
Next thing you know, Peggy Noonan will announce that Zero is not nearly as brilliant as she and Charles thought. Charles was pretty arrogant with some of the people that disagreed with him in '08. Pidgeons..........
People convinced they're really, really smart rarely, rarely are.
Even those who are really, really smart are net negatives in the world if they believe erroneous facts and destructive principles, and work to advance them; that's not a rarae circumstance. So "brainpower" in itself is not intrinsically "good" or "bad."
But Charles, why did you think it, even for a moment? Does a great line of BS just nullify all of your learning and your experience? I, who possess not as nearly as credentialied a brain as you, am so disappointed. Better late than never, though.
I don't know. I was highly "intelligent" in college and in my early to mid-20s, especially compared to my parents. Weren't we all? Sadly, I've gotten progressively dumber ever since. Experience and perspective will do that.
All of a sudden, Obama had to deal with someone who really is intelligent (unlike McCain). Romney is a Harvard Law grad, too, and an MBA, too. Leaving aside affirmative action, Harvard Law School has among the stiffest admissions requirements of any school. If you didn't score at or near the top on your LSATs and if you didn't have a 4.0 or close, you won't get in. Obama (and Michelle) got passes for being black. Romney didn't.
The ability to spot a BS artist is perhaps not well understood. Some people have it, some do not - or not to a sufficient degree. Whatever the ability is seems to be relatively independent of age, education, formal intelligence and other factors. Highly intelligent, educated and seemingly sophisticated people can be flim-flammed just as easily as anybody else if they do not possess a working BS detector. People with working BS detectors can spot BS from afar, sometimes almost instantaneously. Those lacking such capacity seem oblivious to it and are vulnerable no matter how long and closely they are exposed to it.
Whatever else he is, Obama is a BS artist. It must be admitted that he is unusually talented at this. Nevertheless, there are those who identified him for what he was virtually the instant he appeared on the national scene. They could tell it in a matter of seconds or minutes at the most, merely from seeing him on TV. It stood out like a sore thumb for them. Every buzzer, bell, light, siren and warning indicator went off at the same time the first time they saw and heard him. Obviously BS detection is a primitive, sub-rational, instinctive faculty. It may be a function of brain structure. People without a functioning BS detector are like those born color blind or tone deaf. They just don't pick up what is often instantly apparent to others - and there is no way to explain or communicate to them what they are missing, for they do not realize and therefore will deny that they are missing anything.
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