Yes, compared to most politicians he's stupid
No, he's a genius.
Yes, he's the Manchurian Candidate
He's pretty far from being stupid. But he could be the smartest guy on earth and still be unsuitable for the job.
Leadership is a complicated thing. You have to have at least a little bit of everything, which is why I'm equally unimpressed by presidential candidates who ran large corporations. Sure, they can administrate, but that's no promise they'll have any of the other necessary skills to lead a nation.
The 57 state gaff really wasn't a gaff. Obama had been campaigning and visiting 6 or 7 states in a day. That's 6 or 7 jet lags stacked up. He was asked how he was doing in the evening when he had just got back to his home air terminal. When he said that he had been campaigning in all 57 states, he was using that exaggeration to tell folks that he was tired enough to have visited 57 states.
He couldn't possibly not know how many states there actually are in the USA.
However, it's a fun gaff, so it will stick around forever. Just know that those who use it against him will never realize how stupid they sound. That's OK by me.
He is incompetent and an idiot, however, when it comes to actually being President.
I like the old saying - "book smart, life dumb" - seems to fit him quite well, unfortunately for your great country.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
I may be crazy, but the way I read the OP's post I don't think he believes the President is stupid. On the contrary, I think he believes that most of the politicians that have previously had the media and the public implying or portraying them as "stupid" aren't ACTUALLY stupid....that they too are simply people who made a gaffe, had a brain fart, were human, etc.
I don't think this President is stupid in any way, shape, or form. I think he's actually rather highly intelligent. To be fair, I think there's a fair amount of intelligence needed to rise to that the level that most politicians get to. I'm not saying they're all MENSA members, but I don't think they're wandering around with a 90 IQ and remedial reading ability.
I do think at times...and not surprisingly, often it's Republicans....politicians get unfairly protrayed as "stupid" simply because they have an accent, make a gaffe, or don't tow the commonly held "public" line on something. I do think as we become a more connected society and these type of things are easier to capture, more and more Politicians are put in an unfortunate situation where being human is somehow a "gaffe". Every comment has to be well crafted, every action looked at from every angle, every thought scrutinized because it's going to be under a microscope with dozens of cameras and mics all over the place and hundreds of blogs ready to repost it the minute it comes out. Sometimes I really do think we as a society would do ourselves to remember that Politician are people, not supermen.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.