The other evening I sat through a conversation by liberal friends (yes, I have them) whether Bill Clinton’s IQ was double that of George Bush. See, liberals talk about silly things just like conservatives; they’re just different.
A 2001 hoax email purported that Clinton’s IQ was 182 and Bush’s 91. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Presidential_IQ_hoax.
The crux of the discussion seemed to be the impression of intelligence (or lack thereof) made by how we speak. Bush, of course, was a terrible speaker. He couldn’t even read a speech well.
My only contribution was my usual observation that the cover-ups get the politicians in more trouble than the original crime, using Nixon and Clinton as examples.
Interestingly, the “corrected” list on Wikipedia shows John Quincy Adams with the highest IQ (169) among the Presidents and U. S. Grant as lowest with 120. Some reputed to be very high (JFK at 150) actually tested much lower (119). Not surprisingly, all the Presidents have above average IQs. You probably need to be smart–as well as driven–to get elected.
This discussion also indicated the durability of email hoaxes. It’s only been a few years since I last got the the latest version Madalyn Murray O’Hair-FCC hoax, which has been around since 1975. (Yes, before email.) That one has morphed several times over the years. Interestingly, they people who “updated” it knew they were spreading a lie, but I guess the “point” they were making was more important to them than the truth.
Of course, past IQ scores are not an indicator of future performance.