He will have to fight.
One thing pet peeve I had about the Obama Campaign and now the Administration is the malaise for responding to attacks.
The Michael Jackson death and coverage sucked the oxygen out of the room, while Obama was traveling to Russia, Italy and Ghana. But also, during that time much mischief arose from the Republicans and some Democrats in regards to health care reform.
Being President is a constant battle. The other side will always have something negative to say, expected, but the chatter from his own party makes one pause. It was nice that Obama wanted to show and actually work for bi-partisanship, but when only one half is willing it is not worth it. He finally got that message.
Health care reform will be passed by Democrats, we have the votes, 60 in fact. If Democrats torpedo this bill or water it down or remove any form of public option, it won't be Republicans in trouble going forward, it will be Democrats. Democrats in D.C. you need to go home and listen to your constituents who are struggling with NO INSURANCE, under INSURED, scared to go to a doctor because they can not afford it. Democrats in D.C., you need to wake up and start to listen. This debate does not need to be slowed down, you know the spiraling costs are outrageous and unaffordable, remember Democrats in D.C., do the right thing. Remember that.
Six months into his presidency, Barack Obama may have no greater test of his ability to translate personal popularity into a successful legislative agenda than the upcoming two weeks.
With skepticism about the president's health-care reform effort mounting on Capitol Hill -- even within his own party -- the White House has launched a new phase of its strategy designed to dramatically increase public pressure on Congress: all Obama, all the time.
Senior White House aides promise "an aggressive public and private schedule" for Obama as he presses his case for reform, including a prime-time news conference on Wednesday, a trip to Cleveland, and heavy use of Internet video to broadcast his message beyond the reach of the traditional media.
"Our strategy has been to allow this process to advance to the point where it made sense for the president to take the baton. Now's that time," said senior adviser David Axelrod. "I don't know whether he will Twitter or tweet. But he's going to be very, very visible."
Another senior White House aide added: "It's time to raise the stakes on this." read more here....