There will be a reaction from the WH simply because they are inextricably tied to Clinton's State Department. Obama will not be able to help himself in that regard, although it's clear that he'd prefer someone other than Clinton to bear the left's standard. How he splits the middle of the goat will be interesting, and the republicans ought to be aware that such a thing is precisely what he'll want to do. He'll need Valerie Jarrett and David Axlerod as handlers to keep him in check - to keep him from his normal reaction. I don't think those people, and I don't mean to be all-inclusive there, will be able to do that. I think he'll not be able to keep himself from "breaking bad" when the real pressure comes to bear. It'll tell on him to entire nation.