- - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

President Obama is often described as being the smartest person in the room. After a careful analysis of the track record of his administration on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, the deadly consequences of Operation Fast and Furious, and now the stunning failure of the Obamacare rollout, I am inclined to agree with that assessment of the sitting president.

Mr. Obama has earned this distinction not by virtue of any demonstrated feats of intellectual prowess, but rather by isolating himself in the Oval Office and refusing access to anyone with news of policy failures. That strategy makes him the smartest person in the room only because he’s alone.

If we are to believe congressional testimony of Obama administration officials regarding these failures, then we must believe that our commander in chief was not privy to any of the early and readily available indicators of pre-existing problems. If that is the case, then the president is incapable of leading the world’s most powerful nation. If we do not believe this testimony and conclude that the president was informed of these problems beforehand, then he is nothing more than another self-serving politician willing to mislead the American public in order to achieve a personal political agenda. Either way, he is unpresidential.

STEVE THORNTON

Woodbridge, Va.