President Barack Obama suggested today he'd be able to negotiation with the opposition better if they didn't "paint horns on [his] head":

"I recognize that Speaker Boehner has got challenges in his caucus," said Obama. "I recognize that it's very hard for Republican leaders to be perceived as making concessions to me. You know, sometimes I reflect, is there something else I can do to make these guys -- I am not talking about the leaders now, but maybe some of the House Republican caucus members not to paint horns on my head? And I genuinely believe there is an opportunity for us to cooperate. But what doesn't make sense, and the only thing we have seen from Republicans so far in terms of proposals, is to replace this set of arbitrary cuts with even worse arbitrary cuts."

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