He is an entirely contrived figure. Essentially, he is the first black president. That is it and that is all that matters to most of the so-called press. Your description of him is exactly what I thought after seeing him a few times and listening (actually listening to his words) to him. He is pretty much a standard liberal with a late 60's, early 70's ideology that delivers a nice speech. The media cannot question him because that would mean exposing his shallowness and they cannot do that to a black liberal president. If you are equating intellect with wisdom, then Obama is not there. He is a politician, maybe a smart one, but that doesn't mean he is wise. I see a petchulent child who knows how to play the game, nothing more.