Inside Bush’s Brain: Stupid or Arrogant?

Ryan Sager summarizes Bush’s intelligence according to a new book ‘Judging Bush‘ published by Stanford University Press:

The problem with Bush’s leadership style was never lack of

intelligence. It was something much closer to intellectual laziness or

lack of curiosity. As the authors put it: “Critics charge that

President Bush does not seek out information or opposing viewpoints;

disdains complexity, nuances, and expert opinion; views policy issues

in black-and-white terms based on his own preconceptions; and, refuses

to rethink problems or change his views. The research largely bears out

these popular perceptions.”

In summary of the president’s personality, the authos write, “Bush

is an extraverted, domineering, and somewhat adventurous and impulsive

individual, lacking in conscientiousness, who is intelligent but

relatively superficial and unreflective.”

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.