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. TvNyC

    Okay so I think the Government shouldn't fine people for not needing Obamacare. Thank Goodness there is Obamacare for people who need it. As far as the budget... Let's spend less. For things that are necessary spend more. The things that are less important, have a weekend thing there not open it everyday. End unnecessary bs that we don't have to deal with like tickets for small amounts of marijuana or drinking in public when your not bothering anybody, or playing volleyball at the beach at 3am. These things cost money to you and everybody that pays taxes. The cops are obviously making overtime. At the end of the day though, hard working people are losing money. Get rid of the drugs war. It is insane we still have to deal with this. Don't you want to live in a better world. Weed should be federally legalized because it's wasting money for the government. It is wasting money because the money is not being taxed. Even if weed is that bad soon or later everybody gets sick of it so they drink. Life is difficult because we make it difficult sometimes. We as people need to help the government by following the constitution since it is written to benefit the People and the Government. Back to the budget problem since this is what the article is about. I think that speeding tickets in the long run make our economy stale. The government needs to relax and spend less against their people. The people should follow by paying higher tax in 5 years when the economy will be higher than decades. List and get to work. It needs to be done quick. At least extend the budget it for a few months until the new laws are written. Lawmakers get to work and make some law. Take care folks!

    October 9, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    I think it should work.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      You think what should work? Having the US default on what they owe? You think this is a GOOD idea? Pay your bills, Congress!!!

      October 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juan Jiminez

    The quote
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    Is he a hypocrite, a liar or just a politician who will say anything?

    You tell me.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      I see banz defending quotes at a desperate level. I have seen no contradiction in my quote. Thank you for your silence. It speaks volumes 🙂

      October 9, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Hypocrit, Liar, Politician = ALL Politicians!! JUST WHO can we trust? According to OB the increase in OUR debt limit does NOT cost US one penny? Also says that there IS enough votes to end all of this if Boehner would allow an up or down vote? I see OB & Boehner as the TWO biggest problems, so take them out of the picture! Get some others to TALK!

      October 9, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      So? Was the debt ceiling raised? Yes. Was it raised 7 times under Bush? Yes. Will some of those in Congress now vote against it now? Yes. Are they likely to run for President in the future and have this vote held against them? Yes.
      The quote: "deficits don't matter". -Cheney are you calling HIM a liar or a hypocrite, or both?

      October 9, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr Tee

    When F.D.R was commander and chief, the other side said that social security was a stupid idea that would never help anyone. He made a decision to sign it in as law. He then went down in history as a great president for the people. Republican leaders would rather burst in flames before seeing Obama be praised as a great leader of helping most Americans, the same way they downplay all the terrorist that have been running around loose for years, till someone came along and rounded them up. Just sign the papers that will restart our country, and when they get back in the white house, anything can be tweaked. I heard that 37% of people signing up for Obama care are republicans, they are hurting too.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    This country is in a serious crisis stage and the circus up at the Hill goes on. Thanks@chrissy for these very apt quotes.
    The insurgency of neocons & extremists represented by tpartiers in the Congress against the US govt and Americans in general shows no sign of abating.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    GOTP came to power seeking govt shut down. It was a pre planned agenda and their sole objective.
    Lynn Westmoreland georgia congressman campaigned on this in Sept 2010.

    October 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    " lets roll, lets roll let us bring the govt to its knees like 9/11" were Westmoreland's words and that defines GOTP.
    If thats not sedition and sabotage and if Americans don't stand up to it then we deserve what is being dished out to us.

    October 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    The complaints about Obama's alleged stubbornness and unwillingness to meet the Republicans halfway recall the old "Can I burn your house down?" joke:
    Can I burn your house down?
    How about just the upstairs?
    How about just one room?
    How about the garage?
    Can I at least set your car on fire?

    October 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Yup, the house in this case is US of A.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    "socialists always blame someone else for their failures" Hamsta Oct 8, 2013 @ 6:46 pm!
    My goodness! That must mean hamsta is a socialist! And Boehner is also! Whooda thunkit? Lol

    October 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Hamsta

    So let me get this right, it is Okay for ILLEGAL ALIENS who aren't even Americans to use the National Mall to stage a rally, but not an American Soldier and VETERAN OF WAR to honor his fellow protectors of YOUR freedom? Yep liberals are definetely CLUCKERS!!!!

    October 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Hamsta

    So it's okay for ILLEGAL MEXICANS who aren't even American to use the National Mall as a stage to protest during a government shutdown but an AMERICAN SOLDIER that protected you from socialist dictators can't honor his fellow and fallen brothers is told he can't visit a memorial? Congradulations CLUCKERS you put HITLER in office and his goal is NWO.

    October 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The monuments are closed. The grass is not. An immigration reform bill sits in the House, unvoted on.
      In the meantime, due to the ignorant posturing of the House, our soldiers cannot be buried.
      The actions of the House has consequences. Save the outrage when you, yourself, actively cheered them on, FH.

      October 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Hamsta- I believe it was the congress who closed the parks and monuments. Republican congress F's things up and you blame the democrats. You cannot take the blame for anything. President Obama has bent over backwards to talk to the degenerates in the republican congress. I hope all the dems and people who voted for President Obama come out in droves to tea bag the tea party.

      October 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Lololol @ hamsta and STILL you defend those schmucks in Congree when they had but ONE task this MONTH and they couldnt even handle that! How long do you think you would have a job if you had those same work ethics? Seriously?

    October 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hamsta

      Ya chrissy, you can thank those republicans for having your equal rights, it was democrats that felt a woman's place is in the kitchen. It was also those evil republicans that gave black people their equal rights, democrats opposed that also. Now republicans are trying to keep America free from socialism and democrat fools such as you are against it. When they start gassing people you should be first in line.

      October 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      "When they start gassing people you should be first in line." The GOP wish list. No wonder they are acting so foolish if this is what is representing us in DC. Fact free, insults, Hamsta. VOTE THEM OUT!!! Get some moderates who know what they're doing instead of only wanting to destoy!

      October 10, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      Not only is your view of history a complete lie, you want to kill Chrissy? What kind of a person thinks that way??

      October 10, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Merrilee

      What we can thank the Republicans for is the shutdown of the government and defaulting on what the US owes. THAT'S what we can thank the GOP for, and the world knows it. The rest of your post is revisionist history made up by a blind follower of Rush Hannity. Hoo hah!

      October 10, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lmao of course WHAT was i thinkin, multi personalitied ppl don't work so of course you're gonna defend the idiots on the hill!

    October 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    In 2010, Cantor proposed a $1.3 billion cut to NIH. The 2011 House Republican budget also sought to cut $1.6 billion from NIH. In House Republicans' 2013 budget proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), cuts to the agency's budget approached 20 percent.
    The GOP were against NIH before recently claiming they were for it. Hypocrites.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
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