I Say Watermelon, P.J. O’Rourke Says Stupid

And he makes a convincing case:

Maybe we pundits don’t tell President Obama, “You’re stupid,” because we are proudly showing off our sensitivity to the negative stereotypes that hurtful language engenders in a way that we didn’t feel was necessary when we were telling Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, “You’re stupid,” even though actors, WASPs, and Texans are burdened with their fair share of negative lamebrain stereotypes.

More likely it’s because we pundits prize signs of intelligence. We take every opportunity to display our own signs, and President Obama exhibits the same wordy, wonky, academic intelligence indicators that we do, so we don’t call him stupid.

As if the two things were mutually exclusive. I know quite a few fellow members of the news analysis and commentary business, and I have it from the highest-placed sources, on the record, that each and every one of our children is a genius. And yet, if we pundits were to gather together our sons and daughters, during their teenage years, and close them for a night in a dimly lit room full of beer and drugs and comfy futons, I can assure you that evidence of stupidity would be found the next morning.

But the most likely reason that we don’t call President Obama stupid is that it’s such a cul-de-sac of a word. Stupid gives the pundit nothing to perform punditry upon. Call a man ignorant and you have license to show the world your vast fund of knowledge and wise him up. Call a man misguided and you transform your column or blog post or TV appearance into a valuable and beneficent German shepherd with a handle on its back and you lead the poor soul in his blindness. Call a man, best of all, wicked and you get to don the sacramental vestments, climb into the pulpit and thunder forth with such a sermon as to bring him weeping to the font of righteousness or cause the Lord God Almighty to strike him with a thunderbolt in his pew or something fun like that. But call a man stupid and . . . there it is.

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

5 thoughts on “I Say Watermelon, P.J. O’Rourke Says Stupid

  1. I don’t think Obama is stupid. I think he is on a leash being handled by stupid people. Then again a person would have to be stupid to allow himself to be used this way. I guess living the hi life makes it all worth while. All he really wanted was a free ride for the rest of his life. Now he has it. Not so stupid now.

  2. PS – Looks like at any give time we have 535 stupid/not so stupid politicians working on our behalf. Why did we ever give them retirement benefits. It’s like the relative that comes to visit and never leaves.

  3. All you have to do to prove the O’s lack of brains is watch any off-teleprompter moment. They are rare, but they always end the same way, with him saying something so stupid a fourth grader could spot it. Cchelo – I think O’bama’s handlers are smart, but theyare evil. They found a very useful pawn that is black, could read a script, and had a media that couldn’t wait to elect him. Now we are on the verge of seeing our country go down in flames because of them.

  4. CAN’T FIX STUPID ! Is so true. Scary isn’t it?

    He (and his supporters) are stupid because they do not care how many people’s lives and dreams they destroy with government usurpations.

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