The introduction sets the whole tone. Freddoso didn't come to praise the myth, but to bury it. Obama is just a man; not a messiah. Even worse, he's a LIBERAL politician in every sense of the word.
Such a book is needed because as Freddoso puts it: "Such spurious criticisms have given rise to an intellectual laziness among the very people who should be carefully scrutinizing Obama."
Obama is not a reformer. He was not among Chicago's voices for reform; rather, he is an old school Chicago machine politician. He does what he's told, he won't rock the boat of his buddies.
Obama is not a post partisan politician. He rode to prominence at first without facing real competition; then on to the Democratic nomination for President. As a result, he has no scars. Everything broke just right for him; he is more lucky than good (Freddoso doesn't say he isn't good, just very lucky). As a result, he is above criticism: "Barak Obama is not to be criticized." Also: "conservatives have been a bit shy about attacking Obama on the issues."
Obama is not the image that he projects. He keeps questionable company often times: 1) Stroger the machine pol, 2) Bill Ayers, the "Weatherman" 3) his "associations and alliances with Marxists", 4) Saul Alinsky, a community organizer who wrote "Rules for Radicals", 5) Wood Fund, a foundation that has supported radical causes and where he served on the board with Ayers, 6) ACORN: a radical left wing organization known for employing Alinsky's tactics, 7) Jeremiah Wright his pastor, 8) Father Pfleger who was an advisor to the Obama campaign and was accused of a death threat 9) Tony Rezko and 10) his financiers : one of whom has mob connections. Freddoso doesn't claim guilt by association; rather it's Obama's judgment that's questionable. As President, he would be appointing judges, cabinent officers and ambassadors. If these are his associations outside of Washington, it is fair to ask what his associations would be in the White House.
Politically, he is to the left of Barbara Boxer on abortion, which is saying something. Freddoso devotes an entire chapter to the "Stealth Liberal". Whatever is liberal orthodoxy is sure to be Obama's guide to governance.
Change? What change? Post Partisan candidate? Not hardly. Doesn't deserve the fulsome praise. Just a typical liberal politician.