This just in: political pressure sometimes works
Julia Preston and Helene Cooper have a news analysis in Monday's NYT looking at the backstory of the policy change on deportations ("After Chorus of Protest, New Tune on Deportations.") This wasn't exactly some hidden secret, but turns out the White House makes decisions under political pressure. Sometimes that pressure can even come from our side.
The whole game of "what does Obama actually think?" on every issue is an amusing exercise. But it's usually not particularly relevant, as it wasn't here. The question is, what can and will he be pressured to do?