In an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry, MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt asked Perry, “Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?”
Perry was diplomatic in his response stating that running for the White House “wasn’t an IQ test”, but rather a question of an individual’s resolve, philsophy and life expereiences.
Here is how Jazz Shaw over at Hotair.com responded to Hunt’s question:
I had just come in from shoveling snow when this was airing, (thanks, Mother Nature!) and was so taken aback that I had to wait for the clip to air again to be sure what it was that I’d just heard. A “reporter” sat in front of the longest serving governor in the history of Texas – a person who has overseen an era of massive job growth and prosperity – not to mention a prospective presidential candidate, and basically asked him if he was stupid. I find myself sitting here and asking the inevitable question: can you even imagine if a reporter had said that to Hillary Clinton? (Not that it would ever happen on any network capable of fielding a news program.) The screams of outrage and declarations of the War on Women would bring the news cycle to a grinding halt even if there were seven new cases of Ebola reported in DC on the same day.
Yes, Perry’s first bid for President was a disaster and produced several cringeworthy moments. But these moments came about because he was recovering from major back surgery, not because of a lack of intelligence.
Given that President Obama has campaigned in the 57 states with one left to go, has spoken of “corpsemen”, the “Austrian language” and has referred to The Malvinas as The Maldives, I think that Ms. Hunt could ask President Obama if he is smart enough to be President of the United States. But she wouldn’t dare. She wouldn’t want to be called racist.
But let liberals underestimate Perry. He’ll end up with the last laugh if he earns the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.