- House Democrats who won't compromise on extending tax cuts for those earning over $250,000.
- Republicans who won't compromise on extending unemployment benefits for another year.
- Those who think Obama operates like an ideological liberal.
So he's acted the way he has acted consistently. He is a realist. He is getting what he can get and compromising as necessary. Congress, meanwhile, continues to be as gridlocked as ever. If it's this bad now, things will go nowhere for the next two years.