Yes, we don’t doubt that.
“I’d like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible,” he said in an interview with San Francisco’s ABC7. “Even though I’m just starting my second term, I know that, you know, once we get through this year, then people start looking at the midterms, and after that, they start thinking about presidential elections.
“The American people don’t want us to spend all our time thinking about elections,” he continued. “They want us to do some work. Now’s a good time for us to get some things done.”
It’s far from impossible that Republicans could take back the Senate come 2014, as evidenced by Obama’s already-voiced commitment to finally helping out his fellow Democrats with the midterm elections as well as his reluctance to exit campaign-mode and maybe actually try his hand at governing-mode (really, I just can’t imagine why Republicans don’t want to work with him, can you?).