Solved Does Obama suffer from dyscalculia?

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. . . Or what's in a trillion?

Remember back when Obama was campaigning and he talked about going to all 57 states? Oh well, they said, he was tired. But geez, how tired do you have to be to forget how many states are in the US?

Then a couple months ago on his UK visit he signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey and dated it '24 May 2008'.

Those are blunders that are hard to explain away as innocent slip ups.

And last month he forgot how old his oldest daughter was. OK, I do that too. Maybe it's a guy-thing to forget dates--birthdays, anniversaries--but you don't do it in front of a national audience. And if you forget your daughter's age in an impromptu conversation you say something like 'gee how old is she now, the years are flyng by' to cover yourself. You don't state with certainty that she's 13 when she's actually 12.

Anyway, it seems to me he has a problem with numbers; the technical term being dyscalculia:

http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/ld-aa...

Others have pointed out how he seems to ramble aimlessly when he's off the teleprompter, especiallly when talking numbers.

Maybe I'm being too political. No doubt someone can provide some 'Reagan said this' and 'Bush said that' examples. But wouldn't it be funny if we elected a president to get us out of an economic crisis who doesn't even understand the numbers involved? (Not funny ha ha but funny depressing.)


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August 3, 2011 at 14:53:01
Dare I speak, 'cos I'm from UK.

In the UK all politicians are crooks and liars - likewise it seems in most other countries.
Is the USA any different?

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#1
August 1, 2011 at 00:53:52
Forgetting things is not quite the same as having a problem with numbers. Albert Einstein was notoriously absent minded, but he did have a way with mathematics.

And I know that you guys like to think that your President is a Superman who runs the whole show, but I'm guessing that he has economic advisers who do the donkey work for him. Otherwise, perhaps you should club together any buy him a good pocket calculator?


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#2
August 1, 2011 at 01:10:27
I don't think he forgot there were 50 states or what year it was. I think when the subject comes to numbers his mind goes blank but his mouth keeps moving.

Sure he's got advisors but he's the one that hires them so you can bet they all think alike. And what good is a calculator when it's subject to the law of GIGO? He would have no idea which buttons to push.


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#3
August 1, 2011 at 23:49:32
Funny you should say that... our Prime Minister here in Australia is exactly the same!

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#4
August 2, 2011 at 17:01:08
I can get a bit absent minded at times too. Does that mean that the chance of becoming prime minister (UK) is mine for the asking?

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#5
August 2, 2011 at 22:28:19
In that case I think we're both be destined for high office! Still, there's something odd going on with Obama and numbers that goes beyond fatigue, absent mindedness or forgetfulness.

Or maybe he popped in from some parallel universe where it's 2008 and there's 57 states in the US (forget about that Kenya stuff).


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#6
August 3, 2011 at 03:41:07
Derek, who would want to be Prime Minister?

DAVE, I'm guessing that you're a Republican.


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August 3, 2011 at 06:26:35
ijack

"who would want to be Prime Minister?".

Yeah, or President USA.

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August 3, 2011 at 12:14:07
re: " OK, I do that too. Maybe it's a guy-thing to forget dates--birthdays, anniversaries--but you don't do it in front of a national audience.

How often are you in front of a national audience? Would you suddenly remember all the dates you normally forget just because you were in front of a huge crowd?

If you're prone to forgetting birthdays and anniversaries, what difference would it make if you were alone in the bathroom or in front of millions of people? Why would any given situation suddenly improve your ability to remember dates?

I'm guessing that it wasn't part of a written speech...probably a question or an impromptu statement. Therefore it wouldn't matter who he (or you) was in front of. If you're a "date forgetter" (I am too) you're going to forget dates regardless of the situation.


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August 3, 2011 at 13:44:48
If you forget or are uncertain about a date--birthday or anniversary--then you know it and you cover yourself with a 'time flies' statement or excuse it as a 'senior moment'. You don't, as Obama did, state with certainty several times the wrong age of your daughter. That's why I say he didn't forget it, he 'knew' she was 13 when in reality she was 12. To me, that's the difference between forgetfulness and a problem with numbers.

I don't know if that was a scripted comment or not but if it was he's got even less of an excuse. Either way, when you're in front of a camera you need to mentally double check what you're going to say before you say it.

That misspeak wasn't a big deal compared to the others and his general word fumbling when he's off teleprompter and probably wouldn't mean anything if it were the only example, but when I heard that one it all clicked and I realized he had a number problem.

Am I a republican? Well more so than a democrat. It seems like we have three political affiliations--democrats, democrat-lite (aka republicans) and conservatives. The democrats and republicans are both leading this country off a cliff; the republicans are just doing it at a slower pace.

The liberals finalized their takeover of the democrat party in 1968. The conservatives should have taken over the republican party in 1980 with Reagan but it didn't stick. Maybe after 4 years of Obama the lesson will be learned.

The funny thing is most people live their lives as conservatives, they just don't all vote that way.

(Not to get political or anything LOL)


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August 3, 2011 at 14:53:01
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Dare I speak, 'cos I'm from UK.

In the UK all politicians are crooks and liars - likewise it seems in most other countries.
Is the USA any different?

EDIT:
Here's a laugh. I think this response tipped me over for a Gold Medal in "The Lounge". Now if someone could give it a Best Answer too it would make my little day - that's if I didn't pee myself laughing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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August 3, 2011 at 15:31:51
Yeah, crooks and liars is the best way to describe politicians. If they don't start out that way, well they always end up that way. One can only hope that before they turn to the dark side they will do a little bit of good.

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August 3, 2011 at 16:39:31
re: If you forget or are uncertain about a date--birthday or anniversary--then you know it and you cover yourself with a 'time flies' statement or excuse it as a 'senior moment'. You don't, as Obama did, state with certainty several times the wrong age of your daughter.

Read what you wrote!

If, as you say, he stated it with certainty several times then he wasn't uncertain about it.

He was wrong, but at the time he was certain that he knew her age. There would have been no reason for him to "cover himself" if he didn't know he was wrong.

Have you ever been convinced that what you are saying is right only to find out later that you were wrong? At the time you said it did you feel the need to "cover your uncertainty"? I can't imagine that you did if there was no uncertainty.


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August 3, 2011 at 16:50:28
Re #10.
Thanks someone LOL. Gotta go now, lot of pee to clear up....

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#14
August 3, 2011 at 20:09:24
DerbyDad, I'm wrong quite often. Anyone familiar with my posts here knows that (well not this posting). But there's a distinction you're not getting.

For example, look at what Obama's economists have said. They've been wrong about everything related to this so-called economic recovery--the unemployment rate, quantative easing, how to spur the recovery--but everything they said, they said with certainty.

There's a difference between something like that and don't-know-your-own-daughter's-age wrong.

If you still don't get it well just toss out that example. You're nitpicking something I've already admitted wasn't a big deal in itself. The other examples certainly make my point. It interested me because when I heard it, all the other odd things made sense--he's got a problem with numbers.


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August 4, 2011 at 10:11:29
@everyone:
How about we just wait for the 2012 Election and see what happens! :)

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#16
August 4, 2011 at 12:58:01
Mr. CAPS,

You have an interesting style of discussing things, although it's certainly a style I have seen before.

You wrote numerous paragraphs arguing your side of the "forgotten age" issue, so you obviously thought it was important enough to put forth that effort. You even used it firm up your initial assertion of Obama's problem with numbers.

Then when someone comes back with a counter point, you say "Why are you arguing with me about that? I said it wasn't important." If it was important enough for you to discuss in multiple posts, then I have every right to post my opinion on the issue.

It's almost as if you're saying "It's important when I'm expressing my opinion, but not when you're expressing yours."

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#17
August 4, 2011 at 22:35:20
No, it means you're not getting it. I only went into the depths I did to explain that one because YOU kept going on and on about it. Geez, you're as bad as an ex-wife. I said I think Obama has a problem with numbers and gave the reasons why I thought that. Then I tried to explain it better for you. What more do you want? Some incessant back-and-forth that gets nowhere? Why bother? I can't explain it any better than I already have. You're never going to say, "Oh I see what you mean. I finally get it."

Like I said, if you don't like that example toss it out. The others are better anyway.


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#18
August 5, 2011 at 15:39:38
Ok I read this entire thread twice so I didn't miss anything. Apparently Obama doesn't know how old his daughter is, what date it is, or how many states there are in his country. Are we in agreement on that? Does he know how many kids he has? Is he certain they are his? A while ago there seemed to be several that didn't know where he was born. I still want to know what dirty stuff was going on behind the scenes while that load of cr@p was being flashed in our faces everyday. Are we supposed to beleive that this silly little senator from Illinois paid off, I don't even know who is in charge of this, to be able to run for president? No one would have checked before he was elected? That had to be a smoke screen!

Anyway back to the subject at hand Obama and the fact that him and numbers are not friends. Is this really a problem? Our last president, just my opinion, had a serious problem with money. He had no earthly idea how to earn it but he sure as heck knew how to spend it. The president before him had issues with his zipper. It seemed to always be down except when his wife was around. Now I understand the moral implications of this but to be honest while he was in the white house my life was a lot easier than the past 6 years or so have been. Again this is just me. You folks that seem to be in the know can talk about all these issues about mortgages and what have you and blame them all on him if you like but I am a simple person. Under him I flurished. Under the man that replaced him I nearly lost everything. Now many want to blame this on Obama. I can't because I was where I am before I even heard of him. Has he fixed it? Nope not at all. I have and old wrecked truck in my back yard that I got for $25 several years ago so that I could use as a hobby and fix it up. Have I fixed it yet? No. But I didn't wreck it either!. Three presidents back. I always felt unsafe with him in office. Like he may be willing to do something that would wipe us off the face of the earth just to prove he had the power. Before him we had a man that could not find his behind if you duct taped both hands in his back pockets.

Obama has a problem. Find me one president or head of state or whatever that position may be called in your part of the world that doesn't or didn't have some sort of problem. For now I can live with the fact that my president doesn't know what day it is or how old his kids are.


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August 5, 2011 at 23:43:10
I hear you. Even when our guy wins he never lives up to his campaign promises and always seems to find other ways to let us down. I think ijack is right in #1 above--we expect our presidents to be supermen. But at best it's a rhinestone superman in a rented costume. Well except for Reagan.

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