When a writer is clever in presenting ideas, possessed of a quick mind and blessed with writing skills … readers win.

Laura Ingraham has proven herself a winner with this formula several times, and her latest gem is “The Obama Diaries.”

Quick wit is plentiful in this rollicking bit of fun – the premise that these are the secret diaries of America’s boy king is pretty funny itself, but Ingraham the writer separates herself from other political commentators by attaching a much-needed dose of education.

Yes, that’s right, I said “education.” For woven in with the funny asides and hilarious send-ups of famous political operatives, “The Obama Diaries” teaches Americans just what Barack Obama has planned for America.

Along the way, there are side-splitting descriptions of, and “diary accounts” from, the hapless Joe Biden, among others. But mostly, Ingraham shines in the information department, discussing how the Obamas want to change America – ranging from telling us what we can eat to political and diplomatic miscalculations.

“The Obama Diaries” also allows us to see the character of the hip couple known as Barack and Michelle Obama.

“Entries” from, for example, Grandmother Marian Robinson give insight even into the relationship between the Obamas and their friends and family; Ingraham then turns to factual information about the Obamas, such as Michelle’s upbringing as the daughter of hardworking, successful Fraser and Marian Robinson. There are factoids like this throughout “The Obama Diaries” that give superb background on the power couple currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

As Ingraham said about the structure of the book: “The diaries are a way to interpret what these people are about; it’s a way to peel back the curtain.”

Peel she does. In Chapter 9, “Demonizing the Enemy,” Ingraham gives us part of Obama’s Marxist education. His embrace of the Marxist Saul Alinsky, who wrote “Rules for Radicals,” has colored how Obama thinks and governs.

When Obama spoke at a campaign rally on Jan. 3, 2008, he said, “Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be.”

That phrase – as it should be – is straight out of “Rules for Radicals,” and this is perhaps the most important thing that “The Obama Diaries” provides readers: Connecting those dots that allow the common man to really understand who Obama is.

Millions of Americans today have a sense that something is really wrong with the man; Ingraham shows us what those foibles are.

It’s a personal preference, but Ingraham provides some of the most intriguing information about the man from Kenya when she “leaks” his diary entry from March 14, 2009, in which the prez jots down his thoughts on the political necessity of attending church.

Ingraham then recounts what former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers “let slip” during a luncheon for former social secretaries. According to the New York Times, Rogers announced that the Obamas were “planning a non-religious Christmas.”

Really? How revealing! This kind of information makes one think that the president’s critics – who allege that he uses the label Christian for political effect only – might not be the nutjobs the left claims they are.

Again, Ingraham’s tireless research into character issues paints a very vivid portrait of the man most U.S. citizens know very little about.

Ingraham also says that Obama really “floats above America” in that he is both a globalist and a narcissist who sees himself as final decision-maker on attempts to reshape this great nation.

As Ingraham has said, Obama can be essentially summed-up this way: “His combination of arrogance and incompetence is a toxic cocktail.”

Ingraham also has an interesting take on the abilities of Michelle Obama: “I think she makes Hillary Clinton look like Maggie Thatcher. She is far more a radical.”

Chilling words, but in “The Obama Diaries” we see that the proof is in the pudding.

“The Obama Diaries” also probes the “Cult of Obama,” which includes White House staffers like press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisor David Axelrod. In fact, there is a hilarious “diary” entry in which Axelrod confides his frustration over the cruel putdowns he endures from the man who, at the same time, fosters such sentiments as, “I love the guy.”

At least Nixon’s senior circle didn’t fawn over him. “The Obama Diaries” paints the portrait of a man in the Oval Office who loves himself so much, there’s no room for anyone else.

Overall, “The Obama Diaries” is a homerun in every respect. Laura Ingraham’s contacts, commentary skill, and courage in exposing the dangerous tendencies of a man most Americans puzzle over make this book a must-read. It will prove especially useful for readers who feel intimidated by the huge, scholarly tomes on the same subject.

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