I am going out on a limb here and saying right out that if you want to see directly into the mind of the President, his thought process, how he feels, what he wants to accomplish in this next term you need to read the article penned on a Presidential interview by Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes for The New Republic here: Barack Obama is Not Pleased | New Republic.
I am immediately interested in the fact they call his first book a manifesto, not a biography, but something with a much darker and insidious connotation. Manifesto’s are rarely good things, Karl Marx wrote one, so did Ted Kaczynski (the unibomber). I’m not saying that manifestos can’t be good, but rather that negative images are the first things most people envision when they hear the word. Then the article gets interesting.
The article basically starts the premise without saying it, that the President’s reaction to the Newtown shooting was a knee jerk reaction that he now cannot back away from for fear of appearing politically weak. Then they throw him a couple of softballs before hitting the real meat of the questioning, gun control.
The President actually states his belief that almost all of the republicans in the house are criminals who are in office due to gerrymandering (criminal because gerrymandering is an illegal act, and therefore the perpetrators of such an act are criminals). He calls them out of touch with reality and believes he has a majority of the people on his side for every issue he trumpets.
Now he may have won a majority of the electorate, but recent polls show that on gun control over 2/3 of the people believe the 2nd Amendment applies to more than just hunting and sporting with guns and oppose limitations on guns. That is a majority who are against the President.
They move from there wandering from topic to topic with no real rhyme or reason and it takes a lot of reading between the lines, but the President quite obviously dislikes the people he most wants to form a coalition with and his idea of a coalition is everyone agreeing with his idea and working together to implement it.
They move to football injuries, Syrian problems, and little bits of this and that. Really all in all an interesting article that gives a good impression that the inflexibility this President has demonstrated during his first term will continue, if not stiffen, during his second term and that he is nowhere near done legislating by executive order.