Regardless of all the propaganda/dictatorial concerns that people have, and even though I did not vote for him, I still take Obama as the kind of person who truly does want to help the country but also wants to be on everyone's good side. Unfortunately, that is often impossible.
If you have two sides where one says "black" and the other says "white", you as the person trying to get the groups to meet in the middle would naturally say "grey". The trouble here is that each side will only reply with either "No. BLACK!/WHITE! Grey is out of the question!" or "What shade of grey? I will agree only if it's 90% black grey/white grey."
While some are thinking this hiring is a bad idea with a plot, Obama is probably thinking that if he talks enough he can come to a compromise that will make both the RIAA as file sharers happy. I, on the other hand, just don't see that happening.