Is Obama Stupid or Smart?

The left is turning on Obama as out of touch while the right is more blunt. saying he's dumb.


President Obama doesn't need to read the right-wing press to catch up on what his critics are saying anymore. Now the anger is coming from the New York Times, MSNBC , and the Washington Post in columns and rants that accuse the president of being stupid, clueless, cold, and an empty suit. [See a slide show of 10 issues driving Obama's re-election campaign.]

On the Today Show this morning, MSNBC host Chris Matthews said the president was out of touch with blue collar workers and ordered Obama to get a heart. In the New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd called the president inept. In the Washington Post, columnist Richard Cohen called the president cold.

Of course, the president is extremely bright, having a Harvard law degree and himself being a former teacher. But his liberal critics seem to be wondering if he has the political smarts to pull himself out of his current crisis. Bill Clinton was book smart too, but had the political chops to stage multiple comebacks.

It is the not-so-friendly Wall Street Journal that sets up our poll today when columnist Bret Stephens bluntly wrote: "The president isn't very bright." [See a slide show of 10 things Obama can learn from Clinton.]

This poll is now closed, but the debate continues in the comments section.