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Bush Is a Genius

Rob Kall


Thursday, May 29, 2003

"What's the difference between genius and stupidity? Genius has limits."

--marie gemelli-carroll

Bush is a Genius. That's right. George W. may be dyslexic, and his bushisms may belie a sociopathic personality but he is a true genius in a different sense.

While many progressives consider him a bumbling fool, he’s far from it. He may be a word bumbler, but to consider him a fool is, and has been a deadly mistake. We would be wiser to not only acknowledge his genius, but make a big deal about it-- a really big deal.

By showing the American people that he is a brilliant, conniving, conspiring manipulator, intent on taking power away from the American people, giving it to the corporate megapowers who funded his campaigns this will take some of the wind out of his sails. If we repeatedly emphasize that Bush is one of the sharpest hustlers and manipulators, instead of a dummy, we take away his "joe Everyman" persona that he’s used so effectively with the dittoheads.

Harvard researcher Howard Gardner, author of the numerous books and the idea of Multiple Intelligences has shown that besides the two kinds of intelligence most commonly tested for -- linguistic and logical-mathematical -- there are about five other kinds of intelligence:

Visual spatial (artists, architects, dentists)

musical: musicians, singers

Body kinesthetic: athletes, soldiers

interpersonal: salespeople, cheerleaders, politicians

intrapersonal: meditators, yogis, writers, actors

naturalist: farmers, gardeners, biologists, geologists, hunters, fishermen

Bush is an interpersonal genius. He was a cheerleader at his Andover Alma Mater and he's taken that "art" to a new penultimate level.

This is not funny. It's laughable, but the power of his "genius" has been harnessed by his handlers very effectively. The sooner the left, the Democrats and anyone else aiming to unseat and disconnect him from power recognize him as such a genius who is a master at manipulating, the sooner he will lose one aspect of the fabulously successful "everyman" image his media handlers have crafted for him.

By showing that him to be a manipulative genius, rather than an "aw shucks" kind of guy, then he will lose one element of empathy with the non-reading Michael Moore "stupid white men" who comprised the main demographic group that elected him.

He’s not another "dumb Joe" who can relate with them. He’s a super salesman, a political sharpie who cold-bloodedly uses people, uses their faiths, their religion, their trust, their patriotism, their fears as ingredients in his self- and corporate "investor-" serving sales pitch.

Jonathan Swift said "When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." Since the dunces are clearly with Bush, that’s evidence he’s not the kind of genius Swift was referring to. Nonetheless, it will serve the progressive goals well to acknowledge and publicize the slimy, reptilian brilliance he does possess.

Rob Kall  is publisher of progressive news and opinion website and organizer of cutting edge meetings that bring together world leaders, such as the Winter Brain Meeting and the StoryCon Summit Meeting on the Art, Science and Application of Story This article is copyright Rob Kall and originally published by but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog or web media so long as this credit paragraph is attached.  Over 100 other articles by Rob Kall

some reader comments on this article:


agree with your article about Bush being so dumb. I was amazed at the media that did not comment on his inability to speak or think at his last press conference. He acted like a man whose brain cells had been damaged by too much alcohol or drugs and I do think that is what is wrong with his brain. It is unreal to see smart people that will simiply agree with him because they are Repugs and he is a Repugs. It just goes and shows you how sick they are as well. Don't they even think this is their country and their kids and grandkids are going to have to grow up in in this mess if he gets in another 4 years. You did a great job standing up to O'Reilly the man who thinks he knows everything and knows nothing. Patsy Robertson  

Dear Rob,

I catch your drift but I think that title belongs to Cheney. The fanaticism and sly manipulative skills you describe fit his persona perfectly. This VP has greatly expanded the role of his office and evoked some sharp criticism. He is in a position to do whatever he chooses and has done. It would be very hard sell to attach genius to that empty stare, freshman clumsiness and third grade reading/skills of the junior Bush. A certain weasily charm emerges occasionally; but genius? I don't think so. It's my belief that very little of the world reaches the sterile fields of Bush's mind. Perhaps this can be attributed to his parents thyroid disease (both Barbara and George Sr.) or his long history of drug and alcohol abuse or other unknown factors.

As the elder son of a family that for generations has no moral compass and has profited dishonestly from insider manipulation and the pain of others, his attraction to the simplistic moral judgments of Evangelical Christianity seem easily explained as do some of the more unsavory aspects of his personality. I think the message of unconditional love and the social manipulation that is so much a part of EC is another important factor in his attraction to this form of virulent Christianity.  

My hunch, as a woman, mother and now a grandmother, is that he still longs for his parents response, love, attention recognition in an infantile way. His "Christian" base give him that love as well as the idea of a "higher father".

 I certainly agree that he should be held accountable, no matter how limited or warped his understanding, but so should those who manipulate him. Sincerely, Carol Davidek-Waller Kirkland WA  

He is to be feared.  Underestimating his cunning is a mistake.  One only has to look at Florida 2000 to be reminded...
Amanda Lang
Augusta, GA


Dear Rob,
   I just wanted to write to express my agreement with your article's argument.  While I, as much if not more than anyone else, love to make fun of Bush as an absolute moron, I've always believed that he must be adept at something-- how else would he be able to get so many people to believe he's on their side? 
   There's a particularly telling anecdote that I believe I originally read in "The Bush Dyslexicon" that provides excellent insight into Bush's gift.  During his fraternity initiation at Yale, one of the questions asked was for him to name all of the other pledges.  Of course, no one ever got this right... that was the idea.  Mr. "Idiot" Dubya, though, quickly rattled off the names of every pledge, none of whom he had known longer than five minutes.  Now, I know I would not have been able to do this; does this make Dubya more intelligent than me?  (At least I can form sentences cohere....)  I think a good way to refer to Dubya is as a "schmoozer savant," because it perfectly captures Bush's capabilities: he may implode when doing math, reading a book, writing a letter, or even thinking through a logical argument, but he has an amazing gift for wining and dining.  (I've seen reports of "savants" who can play forty instruments and have repertoire of 40,000 pieces of music, but who can't add two and two together or organize their silverware drawer.)
   I think this story explains Bush's entire presidency very well: while he is proudly illiterate, profoundly uneducated, and mentally stagnant, he is able to remember every minutae of personal detail that might come in handy when it comes time to call in a favor.  I'm no psychologist, but this also sounds like good evidence for his being a sociopath: his cynical willingness to manipulate others for his own gain.
Andrew Christian




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