Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Alexander Cockburn has graciously agreed to provide my posting this morning. In other words, I'm going to quote the intro to his column in the May 3 issue of The Nation.

As one who regards Gerry Ford as our greatest President (least time served, least damage done, husband of Betty, plus Stevens as his contribution to the Supreme Court), I'd always imagined the man from Grand Rapids would never be surpassed in sheer slowness of thought. When a reporter asked Ford a question it was like watching the great sequence in Rossellini's film about Louis XIV, when a shouted command is relayed at a stately pace through a dozen intermediaries from the kitchen to the royal ear. In Ford's case, to watch a message negotiate the neural path from ear to cortex was to see a hippo wade through glue.

But I think Bush has Ford beat. Had he ever made a mistake, the reporter asked at that White House press conference. The President's face remained composed, masking the turmoil and terror raging within, as his cerebrum went into gridlock. It should have been easy for him. Broad avenues of homely humility beckoned. "John, no man can stand before his Creator as I do each day and say he is without error . . ." Reagan would have hit the ball out of the park. But the President froze. He said he'd have to think it over.

The Lovenstein Institute's latest analysis of presidential I.Q.s puts Bush at the bottom of the heap. Reagan used to hold that position with a mere 105. Bush Senior carried on the tradition with 98 (and he was in charge of the CIA?!). Dumbya has 91 whole points of I.Q. (Gerry Ford, by the way, wasn't as dumb as he looked--121.)

Today, Huey in Boondocks says:

What's problematic to me is not that the president is staggeringly dim-witted, but that the press knows he's staggeringly dim-witted and everyone just pretends that he's not. It's like the presidency has become the Special Olympics and everyone wants to give him an award just for trying.


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