posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 07:34 AM
Clever gets you so far, but tricky gets you in
Originally posted by orangetom1999
The current president is not looked upon for particular smarts. Also the previous president if I recall correctly is a Rhodes Scholar but couldnt keep
his private life private. This shoots holes in the concept that particlar smarts are required for the office of President of the United
'Smarts' are not a requirement for election
. The US president is elected by majority. Most people aren't very bright, and are inclined to
look with suspicion on the few who are. This being the case, superior intelligence isn't likely to win many votes. The clever men who did make
president did so by downplaying their intelligence and adopting a man-of-the-people air, as Bill Clinton did. Hillary has rather burnt her boats in
this regard, unfortunately; everyone knows she's a high-grade bluestocking.
As a qualification for discharging the responsibilities of office, however, the value of intelligence cannot be overstated. Bill Clinton, whatever you
might think of his private life (and I, for one, think he was entitled to it, just as you are to yours), left the United States in wonderful shape,
both internally and in terms of its reputation abroad. His oafish successor - as one might expect of such a dullard - has squandered all that precious
In my mind (a particular requirement) would be more along the line of the ability to follow orders.
Ho-hum... gosh, is that the time? Must be going, must be going...