The only mandate Obama has is to force people to buy health care insurance, thanks to John Roberts.
Obama has spun a tax hike mandate from his victory, but that’s not why he won.
From The Boston Globe article about why Obama beat Romney:
Exit polls told a stunning story. The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership. But he had clearly failed to address the problem that Romney’s own family worried about from the start. Obama beat Romney by an astonishing 81 to 18 percent margin on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”
The House needs to stay strong.