5. he doesn't need a cooperative Congress in order to make proposals
Obama does not need a cooperative Congress in order to avoid betrayals.
For example, the biggest part of Obama's famous "jobs bill" was the accursed payroll tax cut.
Accursed, because most of the benefits goto the rich.
But in fact, Obama proposed even bigger tax cuts for the rich. He proposed a payroll tax cut of 3% instead of the 2%. Give even more money to the rich. And once Congress agreed to extend the accursed payroll tax cut for another year that was about all we heard about the jobs bill.