Recall his lofty words: “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America.”
Obama had no record then, so his charm and rhetorical skills closed the deal for him with voters.
But now he has a record and it is not pretty. And that same record points clearly to the fact that this is a man of the hard left, who heads a party of the left.
But his big problem is that he needs to be re-elected in a country that is right of center. The most recent Gallup polling on this shows that 40 percent of Americans self identify as conservative, 35 percent as moderate, and 21 percent as liberal.
It has never been clearer that there is indeed a liberal America and a conservative America, and that today’s big question is which will define what will be the United States of America.
The president and his party have a huge political challenge to continue the shell game with voters and obscure the fact that they stand for liberal, left wing America and that Hilary Rosen does indeed typify their party.
It’s why Rosen’s remarks and sudden high profile provoked political panic in the White House.