Obama would have a lot of room left in his cup, if he put on Bush’s jock strap. Black Liberals have invested quite a bit in Obama, as he is the smartest black man ever, only to find out their hero is a mental midget.
George Bush is smarter than Barack Obama, and Liberals know this. And to have an academic confirm it could be troublesome for the Left.
According to Stanford professor Keith Hennessey who worked for Bush, Bush was an amazing intellect.
President Bush is extremely smart by any traditional standard. He’s highly analytical and was incredibly quick to be able to discern the core question he needed to answer. It was occasionally a little embarrassing when he would jump ahead of one of his Cabinet secretaries in a policy discussion and the advisor would struggle to catch up. He would sometimes force us to accelerate through policy presentations because he so quickly grasped what we were presenting.
I use words like briefing and presentation to describe our policy meetings with him, but those are inaccurate. Every meeting was a dialogue, and you had to be ready at all times to be grilled by him and to defend both your analysis and your recommendation. That was scary.
We treat Presidential speeches as if they are written by speechwriters, then handed to the President for delivery. If I could show you one experience from my time working for President Bush, it would be an editing session in the Oval with him and his speechwriters. You think that me cold-calling you is nerve-wracking? Try defending a sentence you inserted into a draft speech, with President Bush pouncing on the slightest weakness in your argument or your word choice.
In addition to his analytical speed, what most impressed me were his memory and his substantive breadth. We would sometimes have to brief him on an issue that we had last discussed with him weeks or even months before. He would remember small facts and arguments from the prior briefing and get impatient with us when we were rehashing things we had told him long ago.
And while my job involved juggling a lot of balls, I only had to worry about economic issues. In addition to all of those, at any given point in time he was making enormous decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan, on hunting al Qaeda and keeping America safe. He was making choices not just on taxes and spending and trade and energy and climate and health care and agriculture and Social Security and Medicare, but also on education and immigration, on crime and justice issues, on environmental policy and social policy and politics. Being able to handle such substantive breadth and depth, on such huge decisions, in parallel, requires not just enormous strength of character but tremendous intellectual power. President Bush has both.
Bush inherited Clinton’s mess. Sure the Republican Congress helped Clinton get his financial house in order, however Clinton had set the stage for something far worse: 9-11.
I’m no fan of Bush’s financial policies, however in comparison to Obama, Bush was a spendthrift. And we all know that Iran, Russia, the Middle East and other parts of the world would be in check, if we didn’t have Barack Obama parading around in a pink tutu, when it comes to defense.
During and after Bush’s presidency he was ridiculed relentlessly for being a buffoon. He never said a word. Bush isn’t going down in history as our best president–not even close. However, he was no moron.
Obama on the other hand is a certifiable moron (I have the papers). And I wake up every day, smiling; because I know that Obama will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we were right and they were wrong. They know who they are.