Until I read the transcript of President Barack Obama's rambling, incoherent 2,600-word answer to a simple question from "Doris" at an appearance in Charlotte, N.C., about how we can afford Obamacare when we are already overtaxed, I dismissed as absurd the notion that he's a Manchurian candidate -- a plant. I still do, but after reading his response, I seriously almost have to question his competence.
I didn't watch the video, but the unscripted answer -- no disrespect intended -- sounds as if it was delivered by a drunk on an ideological mission. His answer was a veritable clinic in narcissistic circumlocution, a mishmash of barely related talking points about his health care plan -- not about taxes, as Doris had requested.
Where are all these liberal elitists, including those masquerading as conservative intellectuals, who told us they voted for him largely based on his intellectual acuity? Pride means never having to say you're sorry. But you should be.
It's obvious how disorganized his thinking is when you read his answer. I encourage you to follow this link and see for yourself.
But his answer didn't just lack meaningful structure. It wasn't a case of his making a lot of sense on various points but just failing to tie them together. Some of the answers themselves were embarrassingly silly -- the height of unsophisticated thinking. Some were reckless, especially from the president of the United States.
We've seen this before from him -- way too often. I'm not talking about his "57 states" gaffe or something similar that could be written off as a slip of the tongue. You know, mere "Bushisms," for which the leftist media savaged President George W. Bush. No, these were much worse.
I'm talking about statements like, "If there's a blue pill and a red bill and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half-price for the thing that's going to make you well?"
The whole Marxist concept of central planning is a historically failed idea. But can you imagine if this guy were doing the planning? Oh, that's right; he is.
But the red pill/blue pill statement was at least not directly slanderous toward the medical profession. But how about his suggestion that if a kid comes to a doctor with a sore throat, "the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out'"?