This is good thinking on President-elect Obama's part. In case he needs to stand tough on an issue involving the American People, and then turn around and decide against that tough issue, he has the ultimate expert flip-flopper to show him the ropes.
I worked for now Congressman Perlmutter when he was the Colorado co-chair for the Kerry committee in 2004. Senator Kerry's ability to make his stance on tough issues perfectly vague to the American people was mind boggling. There was no winning that election, and in the end the democrats blamed it on the inability to defeat a standing President during war time. Sure.