"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The difference between the first half of his term and the second half is that he didn't really have a capable adversary in the Republicans the first couple of years. Now he's got one. All he has to do is crank it up on the perception management and not get caught snorting blow off a hooker's ass.