The first presidential debate revealed something that many Americans have gradually come to realize over the last four disastrous years: The political leader inhabiting the White House — hailed by the awe-struck multitudes in almost messianic terms when he was elected in 2008; fawned over by the media, academe, Hollywood, and progressives; cheered by adoring crowds wherever he walked — has proven to be nothing more than an illusion — a shallow, uninformed, fake hiding behind the curtain of his teleprompter.
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