Over the years, most effective conservatives have been subjected to withering and unfair criticism that they were dummies, that they lacked the intellectual gravitas of, say, an Al Gore, a John Kerry or a Barack Obama. Obama, in particular, was held up as an example of an extraordinarily brilliant and agile mind: smart, educated, contemplative, deliberative and elegant.
Well. To take just the most recent example of his less-than-superhuman mind, here’s a quote from him today from his press conference in Australia:
“With respect to Europe, I’m deeply concerned, have been deeply concerned, I suspect we’ll be deeply concerned tomorrow and next week and the week after that. Until we put in place a concrete plan and structure that sends a clear signal to the markets that Europe is standing behind the euro and will do what it takes, we’re going to continue to see the kinds of turmoil that we saw in the markets today — or was it yesterday? I’m trying to figure out what — what time zone I’m in here.”
I count three references to being “deeply concerned,” which is a euphemism for “we’re not going to do anything about it,” a gassy and meaningless statement about how Europe show just “plug the damn hole” of the euro already and a blundering attempt to figure out what time zone he was in.
Classic brain freeze by supposedly the smartest guy around. But President Reagan, Vice President Dan Quayle, Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain are supposed to be the idiots, right?
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