A prime example is what we are seeing in our foreign policy. Democrats usually prefer to address domestic issues first and foreign issues second, but it hasn't been the case with Obama. Reason? He is not calling the shots, the neocons in the NSA are calling the shots. These warmongers are career bureaucrats that are deeply entrenched so it doesn't matter who is president, they will have their way.
In fairness to Obama, anything coming out of the grid locked Congress is likely to be petty stuff that gives the pols something to occupy their time, so he makes his points in foreign policy where the neocons call the shots and not the Congress. Libya is a prime example where the gutless Congress just sat on their hands and watched whille Obama did his thing.