Obama’s evolution: Behind the failed ‘grand bargain’ on the debt
View Photo Gallery — In the summer of 2011, the White House was embroiled in a battle with Republican leaders over legislation to increase the debt ceiling and avert the country from defaulting.
By Peter Wallsten, Lori Montgomery and Scott Wilson, Published: March 17
President Obama had just arrived home, walking across Lafayette Square after attending Sunday services with his family at St. John’s Church. In the West Wing, Obama ducked into the spacious office of his chief of staff, where he found his negotiating team huddled with two leading Republicans and a passel of aides.