Melissa Harris-Perry: On the one hand he’s got to be able to make a claim about the we’re getting traction, Things are starting to get better without overselling it. For ordinary people on the ground, the housing market may be improving but it’s still really hard to get a new mortgage. There may be new jobs but people are still struggling to put food on the table. It’s got to be simultaneously, “We’re coming back but as you’re President I’m not putting on rose colored glasses. I recognize that people are feeling the pain” They are largely feeling the pain because the president hasn’t been able to push the Republican-led Congress to share wealth.