Obama: Not the smartest man in the room?

The H/T goes in Instapundit on this one. It’s a conversation with Richard Epstein at National Review, conducted by the Hoover Institution. Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972, and a former colleague of the young President. Very, very interesting stuff.

Here’s a sample before the interview.

I like Obama but I reject the suggestion that he is an intellectual. He is an activist merely mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual.

Or as Glenn Reynolds says:

Personally, I think Richard Epstein’s a better judge of who’s intellectual than Juan Williams is. But I think most of the press — for whom the phrase “an activist merely mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual” may also apply — is easier to fool.

Click to watch.

14 replies
  1. cookease
    cookease says:

    When does ANY attorney of any caliber (much less a HARVARD educated atty) EVER give an opinion without any facts????? Such as the eloquent comment 'the police acted stupidly' preceded by the statement he didn't know anything about it….Is that the sign or intelligence????  The only thing that seems to matter for the progressives is EMOTION…as said so well by Clinton in 'I feel your pain'.  Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between RATIONAL and EMOTIONAL thought…they just think they are the same!

  2. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

     From those of us who did their homework before casting their vote in '08 suspecting this all along, and concluded that candidate Obama was a propped up jr. senator from Illinois…..Told Ya So.

     For those of you starting to realize there is a puppetmaster at work, and TOTUS is really in charge, AND you regret being duped….Apology accepted. Don't do it again.

    For those of you that still believe Obama is a real man of substance……C'mon really?? What are you smokin'?


  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Intellectuals rely on a trail of degrees, transcripts and accomplishments.  Øbama has deliberately hidden all of his.  All we really know is what schools he went to and that he graduated, but there are no class choices with grades, no manuscripts, nothing.  Everyone else who has run for president has had their transcripts made public.  Why not Øbama?  What is he hiding?  Why does he need a teleprompter to do virtually anything reasonably well?


    Until these things reappear, he is an intellectual in name only.

  4. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Dims, right from the start of this in early 2008 anyone asking the questions you are asking was a birther or a racist or a right wing conspiracist, yada yada yada. You can see from my comment earlier that some of us, and probably yourself included, didn't buy the snake oil they were sellin'.

      While I, and I hope others like me, are willing to tolerate the scorn of the media, I really want to know why these records are sacrosanct. ALL other presidents, and for Gods sake candidates, have released these types of records. This Emperor has no clothes and no matter what he does I cannot accept him until he becomes honest with the American people.


  5. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    Ronald Reagan worked his way up- lifeguard, veteran, president of SAG, spokesman for GE, Governor of CA…  His mettle was tempered well before he was ever our president; he even took attempted assassination with a smile & good humor!  The same media couldn't be fair to him even as we buried him.  The same media give us "No Drama Obama"! But of course, Barack is "No Drama" because the media dare not poke his house of cards!

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Maybe there's some envy in these comments. Naturally nobody posting here would want or even consider comparing resumes w/ Pres. Obama.

  7. BEA
    BEA says:

    My first thought while watching this clip was, "I didn't think anyone like this came out of Chicago!"…and he said this way back in April of 2009?!?!

  8. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Geez Sammy, no one here ran for president while blocking access to their credentials either. Envy??????? How about frustration due to the lack of credibility?

     If anyone commenting here ever did run for president I guaruntee you their resume would be scrutinized heavily and considering it would most likely be a republican, they would absolutely be compared to the mystery man Obama.

  9. Law-AbidingCitizen
    Law-AbidingCitizen says:

    A LOT of people I speak with are greatly disillusioned with Obama. He is a lot of surface with no substance.

    I think he will be a one-term president; he just doesn't have the gravitas to be elected again.

    The question becomes, who will the Republicans put up to run against him? Or is it time for a third party of the disaffected?


  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I always agree with GdavidH and Dimms. That being said, I really don't care about records or credentials, I just go by my gut instinct. The man is a great actor and he has strings attached to his appendages. Soros and other socialists do the heavy lifting of writing the legislation for him and The Evil Witch and Gollum pass the legislation. He just poses and lives it up.

  11. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Hey sammy: I will be happy to put my CV and my publications and background up against his!  Win or lose, at least I get to see his!


    What is the "most intellectual president evah" afraid of, anyway?  Why does he get to hide his records etc., when every other presidential candidate, of either party, has had to put up?   Well, except for the elusive John Kerry medical/military records that will "put those Swiftboaters in their place", LOL!

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