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09/30/2010 11:05 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What Do We Do With Barack Obama?

Who likes the president?

Rich Democrats aren"t coughing up anymore, the Times reports. The Goldman Sachs crowd has dropped him cold.

His inside circle can't seem to get out of the White House fast enough.

Approval ratings suck.

Other Democratic politicians don't want him on the campaign trail.

Black people have, apparently, soured on him, too.

The people in the backyards he's visiting don't seem very happy about having them in their backyards.

Obviously anybody the least right-of-center finds him anathema.

Who's left? There is a block, but they seem stoic, dug in, anti-Fox. And you certainly don't hear much of a passionate defense from them anymore.

The answer is that nobody likes him as much as they did, or as much as they thought they would, or even as much as they thought they should.

At this moment, we have a largely unrecognizable figure in the White House. The weirdly continuing questions about his birth place and religion may be not so much a slur as a demented metaphor for his real lack of identity--and friends.

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