Republicans handed President Barack Obama an opportunity to turn his jobs campaign narrative into a real-life drama.
Since September when the president delivered his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress, he's been trying to sell a twofold message:
One - as president he's fighting for "working Americans."
Or, as he said on September 22: "I'm a warrior for the middle class" and "I'm happy to fight for working Americans."
Two - Congress is in his words "dysfunctional," standing in the way of policy that could improve the economy.
That's the message but the reality looked different. From the outside it appeared as though the president has been locked in battle with Congress with all sides deserving blame.