Obama thought he could rely on his charm to sway the wintry, unrelenting republicans who think 'bipartinsanship' is catering to their every want. They'd also have more aggressively (if that's possible) played up the dictator caricature of Obama (even while saying he wasn't being presidential enough by letting Congress crank out a bill).
I agree. the tide could turn. The American population is chockablock with people suffering from collective amnesia. Everything the 'swing voters' are saying about betrayal is silly. He promised to overhaul health care. He promised to spend money to stimulate the economy. He said he supported the surge in Afghanistan before the election.
I'm not saying there aren't reasons to dislike Obama. He has backtracked, back-pedaled on some things. He's a well-oiled politician. But I think he genuinely wants what's best for the U.S. Unfortunately, he's dealing with an armada of blue dogs and a 'just say no' opposition party. I pity him.
"To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them."