Is The President a Moron?

The Secretary of State and The President

He has been called an idiot, especially in this space where among his achievements was winning the coveted Idiot of the Year award (2016), and being hailed as the first idiot ever to be elected president.

But never a moron.

I tell you, this has been a bad week for those who believe we should respect our president, the only one we have.

First, he was called a dotard, as in “mentally deranged dotard.”

Now, a “moron,” if you can believe the fake news.

The president has suggested NBC Fake News, which may get a Pulitzer for breaking the story, should be investigated by Congressional committees instead of wasting their time on “that Russian thing.”

The latest laurel for the man who is in line to become our first moron-in-chief may or may not have been handed him by his Secretary of State. It is said that after Rex Tillerson heard the president compare our Afghanistan policy with renovations on the 21 Club, he may or may not have called him “a moron.”

It did not seem to matter the president is an authority on the 21 Club. On a clear day from the Trump Tower on 56th Street in Manhattan he could see the 21 Club on 51st. The Rodney Dangerfield of Presidents, he can’t seem to get any respect these days.

Did the NBC News reporter or his usually reliable sources get it wrong? Was the Secretary actually referring to the Mormon (Mitt Romney, whose Afghani policy may have been the reason he lost out to Tillerson in the race for Secretary of State)?

To clear up the M-word confusion, the Secretary called a press conference (Oct. 4, 2017), in itself a historic moment.

His predecessor, John Kerry, was not shy about meeting the press. A waste of time in the opinion of the new Secretary, who was too busy taking meetings abroad.

One of the qualifications the president had for picking him out of the bevy of candidates he paraded on the TV news as if it was a Miss Universe beauty contest is his expertise in foreign affairs. As the CEO and foreign minister of the Republic of Exxon, Rex T was famous for negotiating oil and gas leases with our former enemies. He knew Putin and all the other oligarch, always glad to see him, delivering royalty checks for the oil and gas leases that were making Russia great again. He even knew how to pronounce the names of the countries, unlike the president who at the UN hailed the good people of Nambia, a non-existent country, offending the leaders of Namibia.

Mister Secretary ended the suspense after the first question. He would neither confirm nor deny using the M-word. It is against his policy dealing with petty matters.

The follow-up question by the press should have been: How much of a moron could the president be if he picked you to join the cabinet? The president himself had praised himself as a great cabinet -maker, the best since Chippendale or Hepplewhite.

Whether he used the term or not, the question remains, should Secretary Tillerson be apologizing for defaming morons, whether he used the word or not?

The term “moron” has been defined as another word for George W. Bush. Or someone who lacks one shred of intellectual curiosity. “W” won the world moron championship in 2003 for his moronic conduct as POTUS.

More specifically, it is a synonym for dunderhead, airhead, butthead, flake, pea brain, bird brain, jerk, twit, dork, hoser, schmuck, bozo, boob, chowderhead, goofus, goofball, dumb cluck.

I ask you, do any of those words describe our president? Or is the correct answer, all of the above?

Proper usage of the term, the experts tell us:

“What moron left the ice cream on the stove?”

As one authority summed it up, if you require the word be explained, you are probably part of the problem. Suffice it to say, the word refers to 90% of the people and their inability to make logical and sensible decisions, especially when they go to the polls.

Frankly, I don’t know if he clinically qualifies as a moron – he has refused to release his IQ numbers, probably in low two-figures, as well as his income taxes.

I will leave it to the more learned to determine if he is a moron or just an idiot. But I will go out on a limb and claim he is infantile, if this doesn’t insult infantiles.

The president is child–like in his need for attention (see Twitter hijinks). He needs distractions, self-made chaos, to take our minds off serious issues, like Russian collusion in our democratic process, or saving the planet from nuclear destruction.

This infantile streak demonstrated itself in his recent trip to Puerto Rico.

When he should have been promising the Maria victims he is sending in the Army with M*A*S*H-style field hospitals and engineers to put roofs on houses, Seabees to fix the roads, Marines to build those steel bridges and all the other things the military does in devastated war zones--he threw paper towel rolls at them. Like a clown parents hire for kids’ parties!

How presidential can you get?

Paper towel rolls! Talk about your product placement on TV. Does he own stock in Brawny or Bounty?

What a moron, to use the word loosely, his Secretary of State may or not have used.



Marvin Kitman
October 7, 2017

Marvin Kitman is the author of “The Making of the Preƒident 1789”, HarperCollins, and in paperback, Grove Press, available at Amazon and quality book-sellers. His other books include “George Washington’s Expense Account” by Gen. George Washington and Marvin Kitman, PFC (Ret.). Google them.