Last night, Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? Cost for last three government shutdowns estimated at billion MORE (D-Ill.) made a serious mistake. The question is how many Americans tuned in to see it.

Locked in a tight race with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Democratic nominee for president disrupted primetime programming on several networks to air an infomercial touting his candidacy. What he did instead was tout his enormous ego as well as his frightening vision for America.

First, the senator appeared in front of a mock version of the Oval Office. As if appearing in an office that looks like the one utilized by every president of the United States will somehow make him look presidential.

It brings to mind the film "Field of Dreams": If you build it, they will come. If Obama merely looks like a president, perhaps we should believe his scarce record should be overlooked. Unfortunately, gravitas is earned, rather than invented, and I believe his appearance on a soundstage designed to look like the Oval Office will offend more than it will impress. Yeah, right, that's his real office.

Partisans will attack me for certain for this post, but the facts remain the facts: First, Obama pledged that he would provide a tax cut to those who make less than $300,000 per year. Next, we heard he would provide a tax cut for all of those who make less than $250,000. Tonight, Obama told us in a matter-of-fact fashion that he would provide a tax cut for those who make less than $200,000. The goalposts keep shifting, but the media never call him to account for his revisions of the definition of “rich” in this country.

Will Obama's class warfare and attacks against ExxonMobil and corporate America resonate, or will people see through his rhetoric and realize that the junior senator from Illinois proposes one of the most dramatic realignments and redistributions of wealth in the history of the United States?

My sense is that this infomercial was a serious mistake. The airwaves and newsstands have already been oversaturated with Obama-mania 24/7. The intrusion of Obama upon primetime television to appear as a figure larger than life, larger than politics and the Moses who will lead his people to the promised land will be regarded as an egregious excess of ego and hubris. People wanted to watch their favorite sitcom and prepare for the World Series tonight, not listen to a politician invade their home when they were trying to relax.

This was a mistake, and one that Obama didn't need to undertake. The question is whether anyone tuned in to listen. I did, and his lack of sincerity and belief that the government, rather than the individual, knows best turned me off. The fact that he thought he should engage in theater and stagecraft to pull one over on the American people was truly offensive.