“Mr. President, We want you to succeed. … Let’s challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us.”
I'm a rational optimist, so I know it's possible for people of opposing views to find and build on common ground. I don't think people are fixed - I believe in evolution, both genetic and social. When we focus on similarities, we always find we have more in common than not. It's a good place to build.
There will be partisans on both sides who refuse to give an inch and who push for partisan victory, biting extended hands at the expense of the national interest. The greatest test true leaders face today is to resist the urge to jump on selfish, short-term gain, fueling our political tragedy of the commons and to set the example for the more rabid partisans in their midst.
There is no challenge we can't overcome, no mountain we can't move, when we're all pushing in the same direction.