The Obama disconnect
Obama said this on TV last night:
“No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a Triple-A country.”
That’s one of the odder statement a U.S. president has made. The simple fact—and it’s a huge, consequential fact which has the political world in turmoil—is that Standard & Poors has downgraded the U.S. from its long-time Triple-A credit rating. So to say that “we’ve always been and always will be a Triple A country,” sounds, as Dana Milbank of the Washington Post puts it, as if Obama were “comforting a child who had been teased by the class bully.” But it’s worse than that. Obama’s saying something that simply isn’t true, and that everyone knows simply isn’t true, as though, by saying it, he can make it be true.
Speaking of Obama, the view among some on the right that he is not intelligent has just hit the big time. Brett Stephens at the Wall Street Journal writes today an entire column on the theme that “the president isn’t very bright.”