Obama: Re-cutting the Constitution to suit his own whim and to try and cynically bait the Republicans into action that will be politically damaging to them. Barack-the-Compassionate? Will that be his legacy. If you listened to that speech without the slightest bit of insight and historical context, maybe. In the harsh light of reality — no.
The real question is whether or not Republicans will take the bait, or if they will maturely and responsibly move forward, generally ignoring Barack-the-Malicious Narcissist.