He's got health care passed. Democrats won the popular vote for the house as well as gaining senate seats back.
I don't think Obama really cares too much about Bush's legacy, he's looking hard now at his own.
But most of all, I think he's simply given up the idea of giving away too much in these negotiations. It would be nice if it is true that Obama's feelings were really offended by Romney's lies about the auto industry.......enough to get tough in response.
Not that much longer to wait to see if he's found his nerve for this or not.