Who is this guy pretending to be president?

Andrew Malcolm has written a wonderful -- no, make that marvelous -- political column in Investor's Business Daily cutting through the layers of BS feed to us by the progressive media machine, and takes a clear eyed look at the promises of Obama 2008 and the reality of Obama 2012.

Has anyone seen Barack Obama recently?

You know, the optimistic hopeful fellow with the charming smile who promised so many positive things four and five years ago, how he was going to change the harsh, partisan tone of our nation's capital and bring the country together as its first African American president.

After a humorous and pointed examination of the Obama record, Malcolm concludes:

OK, Obama wants political skirmishes all over on any petty thing so people won't notice the absence of any conceivably positive record to run on. Risky when Americans start paying attention. But if that's his only card. It's all the Republicans' fault, of course. That's the candidate in him, the one that prefers performing for adoring crowds instead of performing Oval Office duties.

But whatever happened to the president part? The leader. The principled man who through his personal story, skills and charm was going to inspire, convince, cajole Americans as diverse as himself to work together for a common national success? That official part has merged with the political, like the four Florida speeches. Now, he's just trying to fool everybody about everything.

In a way, this could be good news for Republicans. The duplicate Ernst Blofeld makes Mitt Romney look like Mr. Rogers

I enjoyed every sentence of this well crafted, insightful, informed, and funny excursion into reality. Must read material.