The last few days have proved to be a crashing reality for the idol worshipers who have left a trail of drool as they have followed Barack Obama since he announced he was the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln and offered his brilliance for the world’s top job.
He announced that he was smarter than his intelligence advisers, no matter what their speciality might be. Politics? Yes, I’m smarter he told us. National Security? Ditto. Economics? Yup, I’m the smartest guy in the room.
He told the New Yorker Magazine he was the absolute champion of the smart people who surround him: ““I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,”he said to Patrick Gaspard, his political director, the New Yorker reported. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
That was another way of saying all these high powered advisers are lesser lights. Maybe even dumb. “The smartest guy in the room” narrative has been a constant theme of his candidacy and Presidency. Even people like John McCain have (weirdly) fallen in line from time to time. To McCain’s credit, however, he was quick to take it back.