One of the favorite stories I was exposed to when I was a kid was the story of the Emperor's new clothes.
The Emperor hires a fancy designer who strips the kingdom's leader naked, indicating that he has placed a remarkable new outfit on his Royal Highness.
It is explained that only those with the most discriminating taste can actually see these beautiful new threads.
The egotistical Emperor is surrounded by subjects sucking up to the King.
He marches through town, Lady Godiva style , basking in the cheers from the devoted throng.
A little boy standing along the parade route loudly declares his assessment of what he sees.
"The king is naked, mommy! The king is naked!"
One can only imagine the face of the King when he realizes that everyone is learning the truth.
The King is in fact naked.
This scene was repeated at the University of Denver last Wednesday evening.
Mitt Romney had the unmitigated gall to strip away the myth of Barack Obama's infallibility.
In front of an international audience of 70 million.
The President of the United States had the uncomfortable look I usually get when those first hints of diarrhea make themselves known and I am a long way from the nearest bathroom facility.
It's that "UH-OH" moment.
The previously impenetrable fortress of invincibility constructed by the mainstream media was surrounded by a moat filled with alligators named Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association, and the Gay Lesbian Transgender Association.
I hate to comingle my children's stories, but I can't resist a Humpty Dumpty reference.
The president was up there on stage without anyone to help him.
Neither Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, nor David Axelrod were permitted to step forward to lend assistance.
Barack Obama's image as an intellectually superior master of complex issues gave way to reveal something people said about him when he originally announced that he would run for president four years ago: he just wasn't ready.
And all the king's horses and all the king's men just couldn't put Humpty together again.
Prior to the debate, polling data showed Obama with momentum, especially in battleground states such as Ohio.
The truth is that the debate wasn't really a blowout for the Republican challenger.
However, the exchange in Denver was remarkable because it stripped away the carefully crafted mystique that has protected Obama over the last several years.
Many citizens have been in a trance.
They have viewed Obama as the Second Coming, to be treated with great reverence befitting one whose inspirational rhetoric transcends politics.
Last Wednesday, the spell was broken and people began to see Obama as just another politician stumbling his way through.
Let's complete the children's story trifecta.
Obama's strategists have been telling us not to look behind that curtain at the Wizard's Castle.
Thursday night, it wasn't Professor Marvel we observed clumsily maneuvering all the smoke and mirrors with levers and pulleys.
It was Barack Obama.