Obama has ascended to dizzying heights- perhaps too dizzying for a Democrat. Despite a clear mandate, he's not providing leadership for a Democratic Congress to pass needed legislation.
According to the AARP, two-thirds of Americans want universal health care- and they want it now. Other polling has shown 70-80% for the position of legalizing marijuana.
If Obama continues to court Republicans, he will be sadly out of step with the majority of Americans- at a time when the "leadership" on Wall Street and in Washington DC has proven itself bankrupt. Unlike movies, history does not always have happy endings.