It was pretty sweet; he called 'em out and went for a "Look, American people: "I'm trying to reason with these guys, but they won't meet me half-way. They're too busy trying to keep their jobs that they forget to do their jobs," kinda thing. And to those of us who've supported him but question his lack of leadership: "Listen, the SOTU address wasn't just posturing; I'm gonna put these guys on the spot."
It seems like an actual first step towards realizing that he needs to get with the plan or he won't be able to govern or let alone be re-elected in 2012.
According to the pundits, this retreat with the congressional GOP has been a success for the . You know it was good when Sean Hannity opened his show by asking Newt Gingrich if he was to be a presidential candidate in 2012 and made no mention of the Obama-GOP encounter. (Actually, the major cable news outlets covered it live except for Fox, who in the middle of the exchange, decided to cut away from the president and have their talking heads comment on it.) 'Nuff said.