As he prepares for re-election, Barack Obama faces a united opposition and a frustrated Democratic base. At every turn, it seems he concedes bit by bit sacred plans in his party's platform. Health care, programs for children and seniors steadily are eroded by John Boehner and his colleagues. Moreover, a relentless assault on unions in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and Wisconsin are weathered by activists with little or no rhetorical support from the head Democrat, President Obama. Add a foreign policy, and some of his most faithful supporters are stretched in trying to explain away his actions.