There has been a perception on the right, both in the USA and Israel, that somehow the election of Obama was a horrible mistake which would be reversed if only they rabidly opposed any effort he made. This has been gratifying to their 'base' but has not had as much effect as supposed by those living in the right-wing echo chamber. During his first year Obama went to great lengths to try and work with people who were determined to prevent any cooperation. This hurt perceptions of Obama by both his 'base' and independents. Starting last winter, Obama started fighting back. Suddenly his administration stopped sinking in the polls. Things are being done despite the right. There are distinct signs of economic recovery, a decade before hands-off, bail-out the rich and screw the country republicans would have managed. Unless some immense world-wide collapse happens, the political situation in November 1212 will be much better for Obama than now.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: Netanyahu and Obama don't need love to make peace