One of the most interesting aspects of the news, for me, is watching the Obama team dodge questions about Obama's past. Just today, for example, Ed Henry of Fox News asked Obama spokesperson, Jay Carney, about Obama's college transcripts. I was surprised at how quickly Carney dodged the question and simply referred the reporter to the Obama campaign.
The young Obama I met was a person of average intellect for the Occidental College campus. He seemed more like the sort of guy who was interested in parties than in serious academic issues. He was, as I have indicated before, a Marxist socialist anticipating a Communist style revolution in the U.S. He did not, however, show any signs of superior intellectual potential.
As I have said for a long time now, Obama's charisma depends, in part, on the perception that he is a genius. As one of those who got to know how young Obama's mind worked, I can assure you that he was not, and never was a genius.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.
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