The President likes to take his time before he acts. We saw it when he got a dog for his girls and when he ordered the hit on bin Laden. This trait, examining every possibility before taking action, infuriates the media, who live on instant gratification and frustrates progressives, who are tired of waiting for their agenda.
That, however, is who he is. He hates making mistakes. I wouldn’t confuse caution with inability to act. Hell, the LGBT forums abandoned him several times before having to admit he was winning their cause for them.