On "Mythbusters," when an experiment didn't go his way, Adam famously said: "I reject your reality and substitute my own."
In the ironic and iconoclastic TV show, this is very witty.
But when it comes to governing the United States it is not so funny.
However, increasingly President Obama seems to be telling the American people: "I reject your reality and substitute my own."
So Obama touts a plan for victory in Afghanistan that few people, including conservative Republican columnists such as George Will, see as workable or possible.
In Obama's view the economy is recovering while polls show a majority of Americans see the U.S. still stuck in recession.
Obama sees rescuing Wall Street bankers as a priority over helping homeowners facing foreclosure. But how many American voters are bleeding hearts when it comes to the poor little rich boys at the New York Stock Exchange.
In the media we see photos of President Obama golfing, playing basketball, taking his wife on dates to fancy restaurants, and strolling through the Maine woods with his photogenic family in tow.
Whatever, the economic woes of his constituents, the President is one happy-go-lucky guy.
Suddenly it seems we have Alfred E. Newman of Mad Magazine running the country: "What, me worry?"
In this true life adventure, the President increasingly appears to be living in an alternative reality that few Americans can recognize.
His political enemies accuse him of lying. But when most people lie, they usually know what the truth really is.
But Obama does not appear to be lying so much as he appears to be talking to us about a reality that exists only in his head.