Obama: 'I'm Willing To Compromise' (As Long As We Spend More) " I understand people have a lot of different views. I’m willing to compromise a little bit. But if we’re serious about reducing our deficit, we’ve also got to be serious about investing in the things that help us grow and make the middle class strong, like education, and research and development, and making sure kids can go to college, and rebuilding our roads and our infrastructure. (Applause.) We’ve got to do that."