Do you remember Terry Schiavo? A dead Florida woman on organ support, after a long legal battle finally ended up having the designated person 'pull the plug.' Congress voted against pulling the plug with only Republicans voting. Congress had no power in the matter it was all for a few days of political theater.
Obama, like most presidents before him has been doing plenty of political theater for his Moveon.org Lefty supporters. He announced he would close Guantanamo (he won't), he announced a review of military policy on gays (nothing will happen), he promised to punish Bush staff on torture...but he has already failed, he announced government funding for government performed abortions (always has been done under the table) and to put money in embryo stem cell research which has been going on in a few cell lines all along and is now less important than other stem cell research.... moreover the NIH has set funding guidelines that ban human cloning which was the real debate all along.
Obama is doing theater just like the Republican Congress on Terry Schiavo. I seriously doubt there are enough dumb people in either party to make theater worth the effort. But politicians never reject a possible hope, or a cost-free action.