Obama is smart, deal with it
Another case of commenters disappointing me is the continuing comments disparaging Obama’s intelligence.
1. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (HLS). The following was not written by me, but was a blog comment from a long time ago:
If we assume that LSAT 163=IQ 130 and average LSAT at HLS is 173, then the average HLS student has an IQ of 145 or 146, since on the LSAT 10 points is one SD.
Actually I think average LSAT Obama’s year was more like 170 or 171, so IQ = 140 is probably a reasonable estimate.
As an HLS grad, I can confirm that grading is largely blind, however the magna=top 10% rule was only established after Obama graduated. His year as I recall it was more like top 20%, and it varied year to year somewhat before it was changed from a minimum GPA standard to the top 10% rule.
Law Review has a few AA spots, and President of HLR is an elected position, so this means that the mainly white and very smart editors thought highly of him but does not speak directly to his intelligence.
All that said, even assuming the worst, that Obama just barely squeaked by in getting magna and was right at the top 20% and was an above average grade grubber, he still could not have graduated magna without having an IQ well in excess of 140.
HLS students are hardly slackers and the school is about 85% white or asian, so getting to the top 20% of that group is no easy task. I did know one guy who was somewhat less intelligent than the HLS average and got magna, but he studied insane amounts, more than 10 hours a day in addition to attending every class.
If Obama got his good grades this way, it speaks extremely well of his good character and work ethic in particular contrasting it with Bush, Gore, and Kerry with their gentleman’s B- averages, McCain and his bottom 1% grades at the navel academy, Biden with his plagerism, and Palin with her long struggle to find a college and major easy enough to squeak by.
Also, comparing Harvard College and Harvard Law School IQs, only about 1/3 of HC students who apply to HLS are accepted, and many more probably don’t even apply realizing they have no chance. I can’t remember the source, but I read that the average LSAT for HC students is 163, which is tied for the highest in the USA, but still well below HLS’s standards. There is a list floating around there somewhere.
So Obama had well-above-average grades at HLS where the average student has an IQ of 140, and where most of the students are workaholics.
2. HBD supports Obama being extremely intelligent. Some people think that HBD means that all blacks are stupid, but this is absolutely not true, it only talks about the average black. That a few exceptional blacks have IQs of 145 or higher is part of HBD. And Obama is only half black, and his black half is Kenyan and not descended from slaves.
People inherit their genes from their parents, and Obama’s father has a Master’s degree in economics from Harvard, and Obama’s half brother, Mark Ndesandjo, has a degree in math and physics from Brown and a Master’s degree in physics from Stanford. Yes, there’s affirmative action, but students who barely squeak into top schools via affirmative action don’t major in physics which is the most difficult hard science you can major in. In addition to being adept with hard science and math, Mark speaks several languages including Chinese, and he’s also a writer and a musician. He’s one very intelligent and talented guy with the same father as Obama.
3. Obama wrote a highly rated and admired memoir, which requires high intelligence. There’s a conspiracy theory floating around that someone ghostwrote it. Yes, ghostwriters are common when rich and famous people need to write a book. Obama was poor and an unknown nobody with lots of free time when he wrote his memoir.
Obama is extremely intelligent, learn to deal with it. Stop acting like a bunch of neo-Nazi morons.