Should the POTUS have "fast-track" Trade Promotion Authority? Such a power would allow the President of the United States to forego potential filibusters or amendments to international trade deals with the potential to close a substantial trade accord involving 11 other countries looming on the immediate horizon, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Congress isn't exactly known for its expeditiousness - taking years to close a deal that could be settled in a matter of hours in a corporate boardroom. But isn't that the point? Congressional Democrats say the bill would give up constitutional authority granted to the legislature to review the TPP along with other future trade agreements - a necessary check and balance - resulting in what they say could end in the unwanted outsourcing of American jobs.
Thus, Obama - had he been on his journey down the Silk Road in the second millennium BC - would have likely encountered this scene, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi fast fleeing on their camels leaving him and his desire to close a big international deal left in the dust of their quest for constitutional preservation (not that they had one of those back then.)
That's a file box he's holding by the way. They were actually created thousands of years earlier so the Neanderthals could more easily carry their rock presentations from office cave to office cave. Bet you didn't know that little piece of history... you're welcome.