Christo­pher Bosso, a polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, said Obama’s com­ments may be less about a polit­ical cal­cu­la­tion and more reflec­tive of the fact that he doesn’t face re-​​election.

It’s a second-​​term pres­i­dent saying this is what I really think,” Bosso said. “I don’t think that polit­i­cally for Obama it’s as dire as it might have been a year ago.”

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