Presuming he's been accurately quoted by AP (not necessarily always a safe bet), this means Obama was willing to show his hand and, essentially, give permission to Bush to go ahead and veto the bill without consequences. Brilliantly done.
If we ever need to negotiate for anything, remind us to not call on Obama to represent us.
Friedman observes "What was clear to us as long ago as 2007 was that Obama was the worst. negotiator. ever and now "has done almost precisely as he projected he would 4 years ago when we pointed it out, so that we could 'get a sense of how the next president will make decisions,' as Senator Obama then explained.
And appropriately, given all that has since transpired: Mr. Obama's statement to the AP was given on April 1, 2007- April Fool's Day.