Anyone who looks beyond Obama's soothing words about race to his record, from his joining self-segregated black students in college to his appointing Al Sharpton as a White House adviser, can see the contrast between rhetoric and reality.
Obama is not the first leader of a nation whose actions reflected some half-baked vision, enveloped in lofty rhetoric and spiced with a huge dose of ego. Nor would he be the first such leader to steer his nation into a historic catastrophe.
In Obama's case, the potential for catastrophe is international in scope, and perhaps irretrievable in its consequences. He stalls with feckless gestures as terrorist-sponsoring Iran moves toward the production of nuclear bombs.
The rhetoric of Obama 1 says that he will protect Israel but the actions of Obama 2 have in fact protected Iran from an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities - until now it is questionable whether Iran's deeply buried nuclear facilities can be destroyed by the Israelis.
Those deeply buried facilities took time to build, and Obama's policies gave them that time. His lackadaisical approach of seeking United Nations resolutions and international sanctions never had any serious chance of stopping Iran's movement toward becoming a nuclear power, and Barack Obama had to know that.
In March, "Foreign Policy" magazine reported that "several high-level sources" in the Obama administration had revealed Israel's secret relationship with Azerbaijan, where Israeli planes could refuel to or from an air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
The administration feared "the risks of an Israeli strike on Iran," according to these "high-level sources."
Apparently the risks of an Iranian nuclear strike on Israel are not so much feared.
This leak was one of the historic and unconscionable betrayals of an ally whose very existence is threatened. But the media still saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil.
The only question now is whether the American voters will wake up before it is too late - not just for Israel, but for America.
Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. His website is www.tsowell.com.