In politics, saying dumb things has become a brand for some.
But President Barack Obama has broken a record. I can’t pinpoint the dumbest thing I had ever heard before, but I know that he said the dumbest thing I have ever heard on Dec. 1.
When he was asked about the upcoming election of his successor in 2016, Obama predicted a Democrat would take his place in the White House. Obviously, he means Hillary Clinton and – despite obvious weaknesses and a bevy of scandals – she is positioned and funded as well as any candidate in the race. That wasn’t the dumbest thing I have ever heard.
But President Obama shocked my sensibilities when he explained the reasoning behind his belief.
“I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people,” Obama said – with a straight face no less.
Has he never seen a Donald Trump press conference or political rally? Has he not heard about the “grain in the pyramids” candidate who is in second place? I know he is aware of the problems Clinton faces in her campaign. He exploited many of those issues in 2008 and appointed her to the cabinet position she was in when many more of them occurred.
Those are the win, place and show horses in this race so far, and he is confident in the wisdom of the American people?
That is some wildly misplaced confidence.
Americans are people who believe reality television is real. They even support a reality television star in the GOP Primary.
Americans believe they see ghosts on video but they don’t believe in God. Many of those who believe in God follow a prosperity gospel that promises them riches even though the guy the religion was named for was an itinerant preacher who never had gold rims on the wheels of his chariot and all of his mansions were in Heaven.
These people in whose wisdom he finds confidence believe the moon landing was faked but argue that there is evidence of the existence of Bigfoot.
The only thing Americans have done to inspire confidence is giving credit for the fact that no one outside of the shadow of Mount Denali has elected Sarah Palin to public office.
I don’t know what Obama is seeing that I’m not, but I don’t share his confidence.
I would love to have the American people prove me wrong and vote in a reasonable leader as the next President. I’ll keep my fingers crossed but I won’t get my hopes up.

Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.