In Audacity of Hope Obama said
"Genuine bipartisanship, though, assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained - by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate - to negotiate in good faith. If these conditions do not hold - if nobody outside Washington is really paying attention to the substance of the bill, if the true costs of the tax cut are buried in phony accounting and understated by a trillion dollars or so - the majority party can begin every negotiation by asking for 100 percent of what it wants, go on to concede 10 percent, and then accuse any member of the minority party who fails to support this "compromise" of being "obstructionist." For the minority party in such circumstances, 'bipartisanship' comes to mean getting chronically steamrolled, although individual senators may enjoy certain political rewards by consistently going along with the majority and hence gaining a reputation for being 'moderate' or 'centrist.' "
This however has been how his whole term as president has been. Just look at the healthcare bill. Rather than put together a bill that could gain consensus. They put together a bill that only they left was behind, they then tried to add pork (corn husker kick back, Louisana purchase) to bribe a few moderate dems to join the left. When it was all over, they then turned their backs on the blue dog dems and the agreements they made. That is not leadership, that is manipulation.