What Obama wants to do is present an impression of a capable leader of a government that works. He wants negotiations with successful outcomes, photo ops with Congressional leaders of both parties in the Rose Garden. He wants pictures of him smiling with John Boehner. Do you think Republicans want those pictures? How did a picture like that work out for Charlie Crist? When Chris Christie had those pictures with the president after the storms, who benefited? The president? Or Christie? Do you think those pictures will be showing up in Christie's campaign lit in 2016?
I don't think so. We are, after all, the party of government. We want government to function smoothly and when it doesn't it provides support for the other side. Check cherry's posting earlier where she blames Obama because a memorial in Washington is closed.