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
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  1. banasy©

    "Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."

    -John Kenneth Galbraith

    October 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez


      October 9, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      You know exactly who said that clown

      October 9, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oct 2008: "You'll never get elected and pass healthcare."
    Nov 2008: "We'll never let you pass healthcare."
    Jan 2009: "We are going to shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare."
    July 2009: "We will fight to the death every attempt you make to pass healthcare."
    Dec 2009: "We will destroy you if you even consider passing healthcare."
    March 2010: "We can't believe you just passed healthcare."
    April 2010: "We are going to overturn healthcare."
    Sept 2010: "We are going to repeal healthcare."
    Jan 2011: "We are going to destroy healthcare."
    Feb 2012: "We are going to elect a candidate who will immediately revoke healthcare."
    June 2012: "We will go to the Supreme Court, and they will overturn healthcare."
    Aug 2012: "The American people will never re-elect you, because they don't want healthcare."
    Oct 2012: "We can't wait to win the election and explode healthcare."
    Nov 2012: "We can't believe you just got re-elected and that we can't repeal healthcare."
    Feb 2013: "We're still going to vote to obliterate healthcare."
    June 2013: "We can't believe the Supreme Court just upheld healthcare."
    July 2013: "We're going to vote like 35 more times to erase healthcare."
    Sept 2013: "We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, repealing, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare."

    October 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Hamsta

    By some of the socialist left wing garbage they regurgitate I would reason that yes they are cluckers (crackheads).

    October 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      Let me guess, let me guess: you listen to Fox and Rush for your talking points, don't you? No refutation, only insults. Yep. Low info voter.

      October 9, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      That was for The Hamsta. Don't know why it didn't post where it should have.

      October 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Exactly @ banasy and your 9:47 post. And aren't the mosquitoes big this year? I keep hearing them buzz anyway lol.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Hamsta

    Cluck cluck (they call em cluckers cuz they peck at the carpet looking for rocks)

    October 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    “Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.”

    — Abraham Lincoln

    October 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Wow @ banasy, A.Lincoln must've had a premonition about our Congress!

    October 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yes, Chrissy, Abe Lincoln was obviously bedeviled by an intransigent Congress, also.

      October 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    ACA does provide consumer options. It's the free market in action, which is why it started at the Heritage Foundation.
    The ACA law was passed by both Chambers of Congress, signed by the President, found Constitutional by the Supreme Court and approved by the American populace in the Presidential race of 2012.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Boner (R-Ohio) Peachface

    I can't raise anything. Ran out of scaffolding.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    All continuing resolutions should begin with: "Whereas the Congress has once again failed miserably to perform even the most basic of its duties, the rest of the country will suffer as follows: . . ."

    October 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Boner (R-Ohio) Peachface


    October 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John B_oner (R-Ohio) Peachface

    Ran out of scaffolding.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    The Presidential race of 2012 by OVER 5,000,000 votes lest the GOTP forgets!

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

    Lol @ banasy, and as long as some of our congressional clowns have been in office they might be some of the very same clowns President Lincoln had to contend with also! Lmao

    October 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Yes. Even Lincoln most likely had a Weiner.

      October 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Ya know @ cnn, its bad enough that whenever we try to post we have to first, be verbally abused by your resident kook. But then you delete our ON TOPIC posts and leave ITS smack crapola posts up! What gives with that?

    October 9, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
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