George Bush has a high IQ
US presidents on psychological test: George W. Bush is not the brightest
Psychologists from the University of California have now scientifically confirmed what many observers in Washington have long suspected: American President George W. Bush is not exactly the brightest - at least when you compare him to his predecessors. As "Times" and "Welt" report in their online editions, the researchers from the university town of Davis determined the intelligence quotients of all US presidents over the past 110 years and some older ones in a study.
Bin Laden is even more stupid
After all, there is a head of state who was even more stupid than Bush: Warren Harding. He briefly assumed power in the White House from 1921 to 1923 and is now considered a failed president. The poor values of the incumbent president are on a par with those of Islamic terrorists, explains the head of the study, the psychologist Dean Keith Simonton. Only terror chief Osama bin Laden is said to be even more stupid.
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He is "clever enough"
But stupid is not necessarily the right word: "George W. Bush is definitely clever enough to be President of the United States," explains Simonton. The psychologist still doubts the intellect of the most powerful man in the world, using the so-called historiometric method He found out which president was how smart by filtering and analyzing personality descriptions and biographical sources of US presidents.
Like a college graduate
For Bush, Simonton determined an intelligence quotient between 111.1 and 138.5. This corresponds "roughly to the average figure for an American college graduate," says the psychologist. Bush's direct predecessor in office, Bill Clinton, is given an IQ between 136 and 159. Ronald Reagan is between 118 and 142. The absolute superbrain of presidents, however, is Quincy Adams, who is said to have ruled the country from 1825 to 1829, which at the time was not yet the most powerful in the world. Adams is said to have had an IQ between 165 and 175.
"Experience and openness": zero points
The psychological study reveals particularly great weaknesses in Bush when it comes to "openness and experience". The most powerful man in the world achieved zero points in this category. Clinton and John F. Kennedy get 82 points, Lincoln 95 and Thomas Jefferson even 99.1.
Doubt for a long time
The American public has long questioned Bush's intelligence. Pop stars like the Dixie Chicks or Robby Williams have called the president "idiots" more than once. Michael Moore used controversial means to portray Bush as a complete idiot in films and books. And for many US leftists like Noam Chomsky, Bush is already an accomplice to capital-driven "US imperialism". But now - two months before the US congressional elections - even conservatives are debating the state of mind of the most powerful man in the world.
"Is Bush an idiot?" recently asked former Republican Congressman John Scarborough on his widely watched talk show on NBC. Even conservatives and Republicans would quietly ask "whether Bush's intellectual weaknesses are damaging America's reputation at home and abroad," Scarborough said.
White House at a loss
For Republicans, discussions about the intellectual capabilities of the President are most inconvenient. Bush's popularity ratings are in the basement. The White House seems at a loss. An end to the disaster in Iraq is not in sight, nor is there a recipe for preventing Iranian nuclear weapons. All of this casts a shadow over the chances of success of his party friends in the congressional elections on November 7th.
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