Defending ignorance is a pet peeve of mine. Criticizing Obama’s speaking style, an AP article quotes Ted Sorensen, a former JFK speechwriter:
He is still a very eloquent, articulate speaker. He is clearly well informed on all matters of public policy, sometimes, frankly, a little too well informed. And as a result, some of the speeches are too complicated for typical citizens and very clear to university faculties and big newspaper editorial boards.
There is validity to the argument that a president should be speaking to everyone, not just the intellectual elite, but that’s a problem with the writing of a speech, not with one’s level of personal knowledge. To be able to distill an issue into something anyone can understand is a reasonable expectation of the leader of a country, but expecting an intelligent president to be less informed is not.