- Is there a more arrogant person on the planet?
He's getting no push back from our "leaders" on the Hill - so he has a bounce in his step.
It's his naked arrogance that makes him so much more transparent, and much less likable to the average person than he was aspiring to be in 2007 and 2008. When Bill Clinton was getting into trouble politically, he could count on his "I feel your pain" persona, to bail him out; Obama has no personal "out" when he gets into trouble, which is one reason why his poll numbers are not likely to rise and are likely to be a drag on Democrats in 2016... and they know it, yet have no choice but keep doubling down with him.
He may have a bounce in his step but his arrogance makes him pick the wrong battles, on the wrong fields and at the wrong time, and he is risking to lose and is losing a large number of them (in courts and elections, and later on in executive authority), with substantial but still "safe" for now portion of Democrats in Congress abandoning him on key issues (like on Keystone votes).
Display of arrogance could be a smart tactic, when it's a part of a wider overall strategy; in this case it's "organic" and is just a tactic without a strategy... except kicking the can as far down the road as possible, hoping to distract and run out the clock, and some Hail Mary passes, hoping for Republicans to make a mistake (which, knowing the GOP, they just might oblige).
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win" - Jonathan Kozol
"Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning" - Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake" - Napoléon Bonaparte
"True genius is knowing when to stop" - Johann von Goethe