The White House hopes to bolster President Obama’s political standing by shifting attention from the bruising budget battles of the last month to immigration reform and gun control.
Democrats welcome the pivot after watching Obama’s standing in polls fall amid fights with Congress over the budget and the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
They see immigration and gun reform as a better playing field for Obama that could provide political wins for the president.
“What the public wants to see right now is him achieving things, leading,” said Tad Devine, a former strategist to John Kerry and Al Gore. “For him, there’s real opportunity on all these fronts, and… realistically in the next six months, he can have progress he can bring back to the American people.”