Does it matter if the U.S. president is dumb?
Most people would answer immediately, "of course it matters."
Not so New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
Bruni argues that a president's intelligence has never predicted success in The White House.
The question of presidential intelligence arose after Politico ran the headline, "Is Rick Perry Dumb, " over a recent story analyzing some of the Texas governor's positions and statements. Here is a man who bluntly states that evolution is just a theory. Sure, many Americans tout creationism as holding equal weight with Darwin. But do want a U.S. president to believe that the Earth is only 5,000 years old?
Bruni cites studies and gives examples of presidents who accomplished much with ordinary brain power.
"(R)elatively ordinary smarts yielded extraordinary accomplishment (Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman) while extreme intelligence led to defeat (Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover)," he writes in today's NYT Opinion section.
What do you think? Does it bother you that an American president would advocate the teaching of creationism side by side with evolution in the classroom. Or that Perry couldn't provide a single, specific answer about a Perry policy approach to China during a recent interview?
Putting it another way, has Obama's unquestioned intelligence helped him in the White House?
What do you think?