who is this guy -- really?

Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting and chronicling his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. Just himself. He's a street guy with a Harvard law degree -- a fancy dancer -- smart -- clever. He's a social and political chameleon who lived for almost 50 years without leaving any footprints!

How do you do that?

In 2007, when Obama began his run for the office he had no bona fides to present. What little Obama documentation existed was incomplete and/or suspicious. Everybody wanted to know who this guy was that was running for the Office of the President of the United States of America?

Obama is definitely not who you think he is -- whatever that is. Despite his "poor-boy" myth, Obama is a privileged, mixed-race American who was educated at the finest schools. He has never shared the black American experience.

Obama's parents were Marxists. He was mentored by a member of the Communist Party during his formative years. He "sought out" Marxist professors and activists in college. He worked as a radical community organizer using the extortion tactics of Saul Alinsky. He became a member of a Marxist, Black-African church. He was introduced to Chicago politics by a communist in the home of two communists. He had radicals on his campaign and had them in his administration. The simple fact is that the people closest to Obama, starting with his mother, have been active, radical Marxists -- even dues-paying members of the Communist Party -- for his entire life.

What really happened inside the Dunham Family between November 1960 and August 1961 is a complete mystery and the 4 or 5 years that followed aren't that well documented either. No doubt Obama heard family stories and stuff, but I don't think Obama -- or anybody else -- knows what really happened.

Obama knew if he were to enter politics he would have to present his bona fides to the American People. Problem was, his portfolio was mostly empty.

So "Dreams..." was written to create a history, a foundation, upon which to anchor a life. If Obama were to enter politics he would have to fill in the gaps in his story. During the exercise, Obama became a master at shaping his own mythology.

Obama's life can be segmented into seven periods: childhood; education; organizing; politics, governing and post-White House.

Obama's childhood, 1960 through 1971, is really the story of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

Then there's Obama's "School Daze." Between 1972 and 1982 Obama had the finest possible education. Nobody knows how it was financed or what his grades were. His academic records are all sealed and he has an army of lawyers making sure they remain sealed. Everything about Obama's education is hidden from the American People.

Obama began "Organizing" shortly after graduation and was brought to Chicago to work on the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC). project using funding from Bill Ayers' "Woods Fund."

Obama's bridge from "Organizing" to "Politics" was Harvard University Law School. The Harvard Law degree gave Obama entry into Chicago's and Illinois' political elite. He was hired by a powerhouse law firm. He became aligned with powerful political activist groups. He became a member of the Illinois Senate and prepared for a run at the White House. He was moving very fast.

White House years began when Obama, then the junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to run on a major party ticket. On August 23, 2008, Barack Obama's campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the Vice Presidential nominee. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the election -- and then America asked, "who is this guy?"

And for the next eight years Obama did his best to "fundamentally transform the United States of America." He found out that was harder than he thought, but he did move America Left.

Obama is wealthy now. Obama is famous. If you know anything about him, being rich and famous is right up his alley. He will now spend the rest of his life at his homes in Washington and on "The Vineyard." When he goes out he will be the star of the evening, adored by all and getting a check for showing up.

Is America a great country, or what?