“This is the United States of America, Major,” he said. “We can't manage our affairs in such a way that we pay our bills, and we provide some certainty in terms of how we pay our bills? I don't think anybody would consider my position unreasonable here.”
And those who do? Well ...
“If we want to have a conversation about how to reduce our deficit, let's have that,” Obama said. “We've been having that for the last two years. We just had an entire campaign about it. And by the way, the American people agreed with me, that we should reduce our deficits in a balanced way, that also takes into account the need for us to grow this economy, and put people back to work.”
In other words: I won, and if you don't like it, tough.