This is the closer of the two, imo. But my read on it was that Obama really felt he was going to ride into Washington with such momentum that he was actually going to be able to break the deadlock by the force of his popularity. "Sure, Washington is broken. But this wave I have behind me is the cure." That's how I think he felt.To me it's not so much any one party, it's about the candidates. I just can't vote for a guy that signs off on the NDAA, albeit "regrettably" or whichever synonym he used. I had such high hopes for Obama, the word decriminalization came out of his mouth once in regards to pot, & now he laughs it off when he's asked about it like he's implying, "let's talk about something serious". I've been really surprised at certain directions he's taken as the president that I wouldn't have thought he would going in. Whether that be the NDAA, or the Bush Tax Cuts, infringing upon state-law in regards to cannabis. Idk, seems like a different guy going in than he is now. Makes me think he either said certain things to get elected, or he was a young idealistic senator who when elected, realized he was more of a figure-head than an actual difference maker.
Turns out that wasn't right, much to his dismay. By the time the health care debate was over I think he realized he had to switch gears to a more pragmatic approach, which has always been at the center of his own policy thinking anyway. And that involves not only compromises (too much, in my view), but the standard Washington practice of trading votes and favors. In other words, you believe both Law A and Law B should be passed, but if Law A is a higher priority and some Senator wants you to drop your support for Law B in exchange for his vote on Law A that's what you have to do. Otherwise you're not getting A or B.
Presidential politics is not as much about what you're in favor or not, it's about what your top four or five priorities are. That's about as many issues as you can marshal the resources to push forward consistently. Everything else is negotiable.