Shortly after the election, November 2011, President Obama proposed a budget based on what he said he would do during the reelection campaign. Speaker of the House Boehner laughed, saying “he can’t be serious”. The plan would have settled the fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, and the sequestor.
In Laughing at the proposal the people of America voted for he laughed at Americans. The house did pass the Romney plan, several times. Political grandstanding at a press conference is NOT negotiating in good faith. This simply poisons the dialog of compromise and cooperation.
Obama is left with no choice, since the republican house is too busy grandstanding and will not negotiate, except to speak directly to Americans. This is a very poor situation.
If Boehner seriously believes the President is not interested in productive dialog he simply is still in denial of having lost the election.