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  •  I was actually just thinking about this (4+ / 0-)

    About how there are different types of intelligence. Some people may be very good deliberative thinkers who can write very well and think through problems but aren't particularly good at "rhetorical agility" as you put it.

    I'd imagine that there have been many great writers who are not particularly good at "thinking on their toes" ... and certainly there are many technical type thinkers (scientists, engineers) who would fit this definition of very intelligent people who aren't necessarily great debaters...  it would be ludicrous to claim that they are not intelligent because of that.

    My impression of Obama is that he is an excellent strategic thinker but that he's only average when it comes to rhetorical agility (although I was very impressed by his debate on health care with the GOP House...) ... luckily I don't think this kind of rhetorical ability is all that important for a President, it's certainly a good skill to have but I don't think nearly as important as strategic thinking.

    •  I think this is an interesting topic even just (3+ / 0-)

      in general in life.

      I agree with you about all types of intelligence.  I also agree about Obama being, I'll say, good strategic thinker, not sure about "excellent," but won't rule that out.

      I also agree about him being average in rhetorical agility except the one time where he won hands down in the healthcare debate with the GOP House, he kicked ass and took names based on facts and figures and common sense.  That's the one and only time I've ever seen him stand out as a leader in the same room with republicans.

      But here is where I greatly disagree with you:

      but that he's only average when it comes to rhetorical agility (although I was very impressed by his debate on health care with the GOP House...) ... luckily I don't think this kind of rhetorical ability is all that important for a President, it's certainly a good skill to have but I don't think nearly as important as strategic thinking.
      Unless everything could be planned out in advance, how is possible that Obama doesn't need to think on his feet when directly speaking to other leaders?

      And this wasn't my plan to write this, but just thinking about it, why didn't he meet with leaders when the UN convened?  (Sorry, OT, I know, but that just crossed my mind.)

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