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tsipple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:12 PM
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Lovenstein Institute: Presidential IQ Report
Well, it's official. This little bit of lost news confirms it. George W. Bush is America's stupidest President in over three generations. Click on the link just below to see the original report. This copy is very slightly edited for readability.

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LOVENSTEIN INSTITUTE
Presidential IQ Report

July 9, 2001 | WASHINGTON -- In a report published Monday, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania, detailed its findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published its research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report among others.

According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 50 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which were then scored in the Swanson/Crain system of intelligence ranking. The study determined the following IQs of each President as accurate to within five percentage points:

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (D): 147
Truman, Harry (D): 132
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (R): 122
Kennedy, John F. (D): 174
Johnson, Lyndon B. (D): 126
Nixon, Richard M. (R): 155
Ford, Gerald (R): 121
Carter, James E. (D): 175
Bush, George H.W. (R): 98
Clinton, William J. (D): 182
Bush, George W. (R): 91

The six Republican presidents of the past 50 years had an average IQ of 115.5, with President Nixon having the highest IQ, at 155. President George W. Bush was rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an IQ of 91.

The six Democratic presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with President Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B. Johnson was rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126.

No president other than Carter has released his actual IQ (176). Among comments made concerning the specific testing of President George W. Bush, his low ratings were due to his apparent difficulty to command the English language in public statements, his limited use of vocabulary (6,500 words for Bush versus an average of 11,000 words for other presidents), his lack of scholarly achievements other than a basic MBA, and an absence of any body of work which could be studied on an intellectual basis.

The complete report documents the methods and procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence structure and voice stress confidence analysis.

"All the presidents prior to George W. Bush had a least one book under their belt, and most had written several white papers during their education or early careers. Not so with President Bush," Dr. Lovenstein said. "He has no published works or writings, so in many ways that made it more difficult to arrive at an assessment. We had to rely more heavily on transcripts of his unscripted public speaking."

The Scranton-based Lovenstein Institute think tank includes high calibre historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in human behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist. This study was commissioned on February 13, 2001, and released on July 9, 2001, to subscribing member universities and organizations within the educational community.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:13 PM
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1. This is phony
I think snopes.com debunked it years ago.
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tsipple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:18 PM
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3. Shhhh....
What are you talking about? :-)
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Sting Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:15 PM
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2. Phony or not....
Edited on Thu Nov-20-03 10:19 PM by Sting
they were nice enough to give Dubya a 91. I would've given him a 19.
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SeveneightyWhoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:26 PM
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4. I was about to post this at some other sites.
But after looking at the site in more depth, its pretty clear that its fake! Not quite as funny or worthwhile anymore.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:27 PM
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5. It's also about three years old
But I'm always happy when people think it's real -
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-03 10:29 PM
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6. Here's the debunkage
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 02:16 AM
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7. Completely made up
however it's posted here anyway every couple of months or so.
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