Obama is not that smart. Judging by the way he does everything else, it's a good guess that he does not play chess well at all.
He is, however, bold and reckless and not driven to find compromise or meaningful improvement, but rather seeks a legacy for his narcissism. He was raised in a culture where outlandish opening positions are taken for granted and lies and deception show skill in negotiating with an enemy.
Our culture is different and is based on mutual respect for opponents and a genuine desire for outcomes that benefit all. It's important to note when your opponent is pursuing a goal outside of your negotiating "boundaries" and adjust accordingly. If this had occurred previously, Obama would have been forced to adjust his style and he has not done that. Either that or he's just too stupid to be aware of what is going on. In that case, the negotiations should be suspended.
He was smart enough to get re-elected in the worst financial times since the 1930s. And he did it by painting the GOP as protecting the rich 2% while screwing the 47%...the same way he will win the House in two years if the GOP doesn’t stop reacting and start thinking.
It's not all Obama we are engaged with. It is the liberal arm of the democrat party and the media and YES they are that smart. The throw out a diversionary issue for the empty heads on TV to talk about for a month and they are meanwhile busy working on an implementation plan that is something else altogether.