When Barack Obama was a senator back in 2006, he once said “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” If past is prologue, we begin another administration with just as much partisanship and gridlock blocking the path ahead of us toward solving these two problems. The Republican House will feel like they must stop the excesses of the Obama administration, the Democratic Senate will want to advance the president’s agenda and the president will want to spend on his preferred programs. It is seemingly a recipe for disaster, but it can be avoided. It will take leadership, and leadership begins with the president.