Obama and the War on Brains

Barack Obama’s election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation. The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual. 

Maybe, just maybe, the result will be a step away from the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life. Smart and educated leadership is no panacea, but we’ve seen recently that the converse — a White House that scorns expertise and shrugs at nuance — doesn’t get very far either.

Op-Ed Columnist – Obama and the War on Brains – NYTimes.com

  • <a href="www.google.com">D</a>

    I'm not sure why so many people equate intellectual with elitism. Fortunately, for this election, many people didn't do that.

  • <a href="www.google.com">D</a>

    I'm not sure why so many people equate intellectual with elitism. Fortunately, for this election, many people didn't do that.