I think Obama has done this a lot. I think he steps in and takes credit when it looks like things are going well, but generally hovers in the wings waiting to see how things are going to turn out. However, I'm biased. Last night I was watching PBS Newshour. Their panel specifically said we should expect him to remain arms' length from controversial decisions for the next 11 months. They spoke of this story as an example: White House rejects wider access to morning-after pill - Los Angeles Times They said to expect more appearances by cabinet members such as Sebelius going forward, as Obama tries to avoid being too personally connected with awkward decisions like that.