October 8th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

Obama calls Boehner; stalemate goes on

There were news conferences and a high-level phone call between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, but no immediate sign of progress on reopening the government a week into a partial shutdown or reaching a deal to avoid the first-ever U.S. default next week.

Obama called Boehner on Tuesday morning, and the White House then announced the president would make a statement and take some questions from reporters at 2 p.m. ET.

Earlier, Boehner demanded that Obama and Democrats negotiate with Republicans on steps needed to end the shutdown that began on October 1 and raise the nation's debt ceiling before the deadline for default on October 17.


Filed under: Barack Obama • John Boehner • Politics
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Republicans need to ask themselves how they would react if Democrats were one half of one third of the government and demanded that a Republican president sign gun control legislation, or shut down the gov't and default on our debts. You know why that wouldn't happen? Because Democrats don't do Legistortion...sorry.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Stop stealing ID's. Thank you.

    October 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I know facts makes you uncomfortable. Too bad.

    October 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    October 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Why should any political party be commended for using 200 years of built up "faith and credit" as negotiating "leverage" for social and budget policies that they cannot enact through ordinary legislation?

    October 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    He's really convincing isn't he banasy !?

    October 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
    President Bush August 2004
    Nope. They don't, do they?

    October 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol still at it @ hamsta? Im surprised such an intellect such as yourself, wouldn't have figured out by now, that no one wants to drink your generic kool~aide!

    October 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Bobcat, no, he's not convincing at all, and he wasn't when he posted his rot under Hamsta's name, either. Or, perhaps I should say, as convincing as Boehner's sincerity.

    October 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And the funniest thing about that urban myth is that the only people that "salute" the flag during the National Anthem are people in military uniform, who stand at attention in a salute during it. That myth about Obama was debunked in years ago; he was still a Senator when that garbage started.

      October 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Another myth that has been debunked time and again is Obama's spending. According to Marketwatch, which is an affiliate of the Wall Street Journal, Obama has had the LOWEST increase in spending of ANY president in the last 60 years!

    October 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Yup @ banasy, thats why they are called "myths!" Just like the myth that Obama has been the spendiest POTUS...not true! He has had the lowest annual increase in spending of any POTUS in 60 years!

    October 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    And if theres any doubt on my facts posted above check out M a r k e t w a t c h, which is an affiliate of the WS Journal.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brock25

    I think the president Barack Obama has a very good point that the law has been passed and governing by blackmail and not through the political process to dangerous precedent. Just think of the consequences of government policies being rehashed over every two years because of the different demographics of the Congress or the presidency change according to elections? In theory you would find a government hamstrung in creating any consistent policies because they are under constant threat of being defunded by the next political cycle. I believe Pres. Obama displaying his leadership by calling vote but House Speaker is unwilling to do so because of the vocal minority within his own party.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hey @ Rascal, how have you been girl? Haven't seen you in awhile.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    What is bankrupting our country is not social programs but the expansion of secret America, clandestine America, and unfunded unnecessary wars and drones.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
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