By Andrea TantarosRepublican Political Commentator

It has become jaw-droppingly clear that Barack Obama seeks to radically shift the alignment of this country -- tying its citizens to their government in a dramatic leftward lunge the likes of which America has never seen before.

Obama deceitfully billed himself a pragmatist on the campaign trail. He was marketed as a "moderate." After his November victory, pundits predicted he'd govern from the center. -- They couldn't have been more mistaken. Barack Obama is an extremist progressive who seeks to molest our fiscal values and pumps up our reliance on fruitless government programs.

Obama certainly will be successful in his mission for unparalleled historic recognition. But don't expect his face on the dollar bill in the future.

On its face, this appears to confirm that Obama is a tax-and-spend liberal with a heavy socialist marbling. But it's much more complex than that. Though Obama has proclaimed that "this has never been about me -- it's about you" on the stump, these very actions areallabout him and his increasingly apparent obsession with exaltation and a delusional quest for historic grandeur.

The cult of personality created by the leftist trifecta of academia, media and the entertainment industry has overtaken Obama's own self-image. And he believes the hype. Most politicians possess a swollen sense of self-worship. But Obama believes he is the superhero of fanatical Democratic extremism, the green lantern of progressive precept, the Will Smith of left-wing indoctrination.

Obama certainly will be successful in his mission for unparalleled historic recognition. But don't expect his face on the dollar bill in the future. His notoriety will leave a legendary imprint for all the wrong reasons.

Editor's Note: A version of this piece appeared on March 1 in The Pittsburgh Tribune. For more Andrea click here.