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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Smartest. President. Ever.

Take away the teleprompter and you'd almost think that Obama was an inexperienced amateur who was ideologically out of step with the American people.

Exhibit A: Uses socialist language to justify his economic program to Joe the Plumber.

Exhibit B: Muffs a prearranged question on the Gates affair by attacking cops and saying they acted "stupidly."

Exhibit C: In an argument in support of the creation of a government run health care system, says that the government run mail is rife with problems and pales in comparison to its private competitors. Wow.

UPDATE: In fairness, I should clarify that by "smart," I mean politically smart. He isn't dumb, he's just way overrated when it comes to political savvy. His real problem is that it is really, really hard to pretend to be someone you are not. He's a lefty. Nothing wrong with that, but all of these "gaffes" are instances where Obama said what he really thinks. And it turns out that what he really thinks is very, very far removed from the views of the American people.

The president is quite smart and he can give a good speech. After this performance -- and the one the other night where he suggested his opponents should just shut up and get out of the way -- they will put him back on the teleprompter for a while.

Also, for the record, though I think the president is intelligent, I am not among those who think he is a genius. He is, after all, a law professor who published zero (0) peer-reviewed journal articles and law review articles. That's a pretty stunning non-accomplishment for a Harvard-law grad who headed up the law review and taught at the University of Chicago. The fact is, a really brilliant lawyer would have something important to say about the law and would be participating (at some level, at least) in the debates and discussions on those important issues that are taking place in law reviews and scholarly journals.

Still, he graduated from Harvard law and passed the bar, so he's no dummy. I hope that clarifies things.

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