This post is basically to prevent myself from losing this link:
tl;dr version: Obama planned all along to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare and was actively working against the rest of the Democratic Party leadership to try and make it happen in concert with the Republicans, but because the narrative in the media was that Obama was a liberal, this was never reported.
Gee, I seem to recall saying the same thing a few years back, here and there. And, of course, now he doesn’t have to worry about reelection, so he doesn’t even need to worry about repercussions if he succeeds.
Thank you so much, modern Democratic party and your mindless loyalists, for making sure we have the rightiest of right-wing Democrats in office.