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The picture of the Barack Obama that America has cheered and jeered since that 2004 speech isn’t crystal clear.

His Christianity was questioned. His racial identity was questioned. His politics were bruised during primary season. He barely escaped the wrath of women scorned (or has he?). Now that he has scored his party’s nomination — and Barack II has come to represent all things Democratic against all things Republican — Americans are yet again demanding that the real Barack Hussein Obama II please stand up.

The horse race proves the neck-and-neck race with a so-called maverick. But what precisely is Mr. Obama?

America cannot wait until Nov. 4 to get its answers.

  • Deborah Simmons is editorial page editor of The Washington Times. dsimmons@washington