I remember junior and senior high school student body elections. The person "qualified" to be class president was not the candidate who ever won. The winner was usually some good looking, popular stud who immediately assigned the work to the groupie girls. These girls, who waited with baited breath to be spoken to by His Highness, squealed in delight at being able to plan dances, rallies and senior cut day, while the Pres made appearances and did interviews in the school newspaper. His campaign promises usually involved less homework, better cafeteria food, and new cheerleading uniforms, which made him very popular with the masses.
Barrack Obama's campaign rhetoric is about as substantive as the class president's. Except that Obama is offering lots of free stuff in the form of additional welfare programs to "the working man" at the cost of higher taxes for everyone - even that working man will pay more for his increased free stuff. And just like the class president who never accounted for the costs or ramifications of his absurd promises, Obama really doesn't care as long as it gets him elected.
His insatiable desire to be popular is pathetically apparent, even to his supporters. His flip flops on key issues are designed only to attract more voters, while counting on his ardent followers to not stray. His whining about being teased about his ears, or his dominant wife, or his verbal gaffes (57 states), show that he is more consumed by his image than even his image handlers are.
Obama is a carefully crafted image, and one that cannot take a hit of any sort. He is not lasting, nor enduring. He is not ready for prime time - which in American politics, is a little more involved than promising better cafeteria food to the voters.