Or a sibling may have a learning disability that hinders his or her efforts.
But the media reacted to what was clearly a calculated piece of rhetoric as if Romney had a learning disability.
learning disability n.
A disorder in the basic cognitive and psychological processes involved in using language or performing mathematical calculations, affecting persons of normal intelligence and not the result of emotional disturbance or impairment of sight or hearing.
Any of various disabilities of the basic cognitive and psychological processes involved in using language or performing mathematical calculations. Learning disabilities are not caused by low intelligence, emotional disturbance, or physical impairment (as of hearing). Dyslexia is a common learning disability.