Several publications and political pundits are trying to figure out what happened to President Obama. How did the president free fall from his nearly world wide cult-like popularity to that of a president with approval ratings that have rapidly dropped into the mid 40s? Some believe the president made the mistake of believing his own hype and vastly misreading his mandate. Others feel Obama dropped the ball by farming out his agenda to Congress and not taking the reins of leadership himself. But many in the gay community will tell you that while these are plausible and contributing factors to Obama’s decline, they are not the original reason. If the truth be told, it wasn’t something that first cracked Obama’s armor, it was someone. His name was Pastor Rick Warren. When President Obama decided to honor the anti-gay pastor with a coveted speaking spot at the inauguration, Obama gave his first clear and unmistakable signal that his promises as candidate Obama were nothing more than lofty political rhetoric designed to garner votes. It was Obama’s first betrayal of trust, one that the LGBT community was quite vocal about, but it would not be his last. The president is now a prisoner of his own success. He made many promises to the American public but now seems incapable or unwilling to keep his word. For a politician like Obama, whose popularity remains critically important, the loss of trust is a devastating blow. Without the trust and support of the public the president loses political capital and the power to bring about the changes that he so often promised. Try as he might, Obama will never win over the right-wing Republicans but his choice to battle his own base of supporters within the Democratic Party may very well lead to his political ruin.