President Obama said that he was "mildly pleased" with the compromise to avert the budget shutdown. "I felt that this was a good opportunity to further demotivate, de-inspire, and just plain demoralize anyone with any degree of common sense. The best way to negotiate is to cave in at the beginning, then continue caving in. Or at least give everyone that impression. Give every semi-rational person in the nation the feeling that we're pretty much under the guidance of people who think the country peaked during the years of Chester A. Arthur. Because the less you hope for, the more you appreciate what you have."