The ‘grand bargain’ that fell to bickering
The debt ceiling crisis of 2011, perhaps more than any other period, tested President Obama's promise to bring bipartisanship back to Washington. As negotiations stalled and started over the summer, Obama publicly emphasized a partnership with Republican leaders. But as talks collapsed behind closed doors, so did his talk of bipartisanship.
SOURCE: Compiled from transcripts and news reports. GRAPHIC: The Washington Post. Published March 18, 2012.