Friday, June 18, 2010

He Admits he is Flat-Out Stupid?

I missed this in all the reports I had heard about Obama's oil-drilling speech (I can no longer experience his speeches directly), but Byron York rightly fastens on it.
About midway through his talk, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20. But Obama said he had done so only "under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe."
York describes a hunt for someone who would make such an assurance, and, needless to say, he cannot find one. That is because most people are reasonably intelligent and know that even walking to the corner store has risks.
That leaves York, and me, with a simple reflection:
That would be troubling, but not as troubling as the possibility that Obama actually believed his own claim. What would that say about the president many commentators have described as brilliant?
And what does it say about those who continue to struggle to believe he is brilliant, or even marginally competent?


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