Obama did not grow up wearing expensive tailored suits, playing golf, with a pass into every ultra-exclusive social club on the planet. There was a day when he walked around in tattered jeans without enough money to pay a cab fare. What most of us missed in our hopes about our Obama mirage was that once he made it into those exclusive clubs, he would close the door behind him and never look back.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced