Great question, Push.
I think that he tries to define what he wishes his legacy to be.
His first term was defined too much by circumstances (i.e. the worst economy since the recession); others (from the far right; to conspirators; to the TeaPublicans and even Nancy Pelosi) ; and the political-capital draining/partisan Patient Protection and Affordability Act. (Which chewed up FAR too much political capital with very little gained).
As the saying goes; "I just don't think the man wants to go out like that..."
Contrary to what "PWI" thinks; the President is a smart man; with a sense of History, and his place among his predecessors.
IF that legacy is as important to him as I think it is; I just don't see him carrying on "business as usual"; but instead does things that are indicative of a man that not only still has to govern; but has to live with what history thinks of him for years to come.