When has he ever tried to work with Congress you ask? TRY EVERY TIME.
From the begining, he has tried to work with Congress.
I'm sorry, but no. Unilaterally writing bills and expecting your opponent to come on board when you give the smallest of nods to their ideology is not working together. He said it himself: "They can come along, but they have to sit in the back". The Democrats (including Obama) assumed the 2008 election was a mandate on their policies (rather than the anti-Bush movement it really was). As such, they had no intention of giving serious attention or equal time to any Republican ideas.
But every time he offer an olive branch they petulently slap it away, because to them the definition of compromise is "we get everything we want, or else."
It's very ironic that you say that, because I see the exact thing happening on the other side. And if you go by what actually _passed_ into law, Obama is entirely getting his way, as we've seen no substantial spending cuts (Mandatory spending remains entirely untouched), and taxes have been hiked about 3 times (once in Obamacare, once at the fiscal cliff crisis, and I forget the other time).
while Obama did have the stronger hand, he was willing to make concessions to gain passage of the bill, and ended up having to do exactly that. To earn the bare minimum of Republican support needed to get the bill past a Senate filibuster, the White House had to swallow steep cuts to state education programs and other liberal priorities.
The _entirety_ of education spending is a rounding error in the federal budgets. Look at the amount of dollars raised from the tax increases. Then look at the amount of dollars that came from reduced spending. And you'll clearly see why the Republicans balk and demand more concessions. This isn't a 50-50 effort. Obama wants 5% spending reduction and 95% tax hikes. And he's getting it.
âoeWeâ(TM)re not here to cut deals and get crumbs and stay in the minority for another 40 years,â Cantor said at the time.
I don't blame him after observing the last 6 years of one-sided partisan billcraft.
President Obama sought out the Republicans and asked them for ideas during the drafting process.
Again, you're nuts. The Republican ideas were summarily rejected. He was giving lip services at best. You forget this bill was written while the Dems held a supermajority in Congress. The final bill was 100% written behind closed doors by Democrats, _not_ a bipartisan committee.