“President Obama summoned the top four congressional leaders to the White House on Saturday morning, July 23, 2011. The night before, House Speaker John A. Boehner had withdrawn from negotiations to raise the $14 trillion federal debt limit and save the government from a catastrophic default…Boehner said he believed that he and the others – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – had a plan. He told Obama: We think we can work this out. Give us a little more time. We’ll come back to you. we are not going to negotiate this with you. Obama objected, saying that he couldn’t be left out of the process. ’I've got to sign this bill!’ he reminded the leaders as they sat in the Cabinet Room off the Oval Office. ’Mr. President,’ Boehner challenged, ‘as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them. Reid, the ,most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill, spoke up. The congressional leaders want to speak privately, he said. Give us some time.’ Bob Woodward, ‘A president cornered’, The Washington Post, September 9, 2012
It surely doesn’t come much clearer than that! ’Mr. President, the door to your office is over there. Please close the door behind you when you leave the Cabinet Room.