But he is risking burning off public support with his decision last Wednesday week to invoke 'executive privilege' to protect Attorney-General Eric Holder from being forced to release documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious; the botched Department of Justice 'gunwalking' sting operation that went horribly wrong with innocent people killed including US Federal Agent Brian Terry.
Some will see a certain irony in Obama doing this when, as a Senator, he railed against the use of executive privilege by George Bush Junior and promised an open and transparent administration.
His move is unlikely to prevent Holder from being cited for Contempt of Congress in a vote due to be taken by the House of Representatives next week.
Some will argue this is nothing more than partisan politics with the Republicans controlling the House however I am more attracted to the view of David Graham, Associate Editor of the Atlantic, who wrote ".....
just because an investigation is politically motivated doesn't mean it won't find real wrongdoing. Presumably, there's something in the withheld documents that Holder doesn't want to make public -- not necessarily legal wrongdoing, but perhaps something that would look bad for him or Obama. By asserting executive privilege, the Obama Administration is doubling down. The White House is standing behind Holder, and bringing the president more directly into the matter than he has been before. Obama is gambling that the executive privilege claim will hold, and that he won't be massively embarrassed before November. On the other hand, the story has now irreversibly broken from the partisan fringes into the mainstream, and his action will almost certainly be fodder for attacks throughout the presidential campaign."
I note yesterday's Rasmusson's Presidential Tracking Poll had Romney at 48% vs Obama at 43% and while Obama leads Romney in the Electoral College vote by a relatively healthy margin perhaps, just perhaps, the 'Fat Lady' could be singing from a different song-sheet come November.