December 12, 2012 • Editorial

Obama should compromise, too

We miss Barack Obama, circa 2004. Back then he aspired to unite, not divide.

“We are one people,” he proclaimed, making a star turn at his party’s national convention. “All of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes. All of us defending the United States of America.”

The Barack Obama who won re-election last month is a far more bracing political figure. He seems to see America in the starkest of terms: “Us” versus “them.” The poor and middle class versus the rich who refuse to pay “their fair share.” Democrat versus Republican.

That mindset appears to inform the president’s approach to negotiations on Capitol Hill to find a detour around the so-called fiscal cliff that perilously awaits with the Login to read more

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