This Shelby Steele
piece considers the problem Obama poses for Republicans: there has always been a
disconnect between his actual performance and his appeal. Steele puts it this way: "There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the
cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and
humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans
is that they must run against both the man and the myth. In 2008, few knew the
man and Republicans were walloped by the myth. Today the man is much clearer,
and yet the myth remains compelling." Read the rest and ponder it, keeping in mind his recent European trip and performance.