At the National Prayer Breakfast in February, President Obama noted that his friend Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., prays for him. “It’s comforting to know people are praying for you who don’t always agree with you,” he said. “Even though we are on opposite sides of a whole bunch of issues, part of what has bound us together is a shared faith, a recognition that we pray to and serve the same God.”

But the conversations between Capitol Hill and the White House haven’t been so lovey-dovey this year. Instead, the acrimony has been tangible. Wednesday, for example, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Obama was making arguments that were “intellectually lazy.” (See “‘Disappointed,’” Oct. 26.) For the president, there’s no love lost with Republicans: He has said in recent speeches that the GOP plan for the economy is to have “less people with health insurance.”

Continue Reading on www.worldmag.com