More difficult, if not impossible, when you happen to be a president trying to negotiate with an opponent whose majority believes you are not an American, born in Nigeria, a socialist, a danger to their fabulous ideas.
So as president, a patriot, a balanced thinker, you go pragmatically for the best deal possible.
The details of the debt deal? Looking at the details ain’t American. Neither are a good education for those who need it, critical thinking, or a sense of history. Raise your hand if you think that Tea Party members of Congress read the details. They’re trying to derail the president, no matter what, no matter the state of the nation.