Obama addresses Tuesday's White House briefing
July 19th, 2011
01:19 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama addresses Tuesday's White House briefing

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that "some progress was made" with "some narrowing of the issues" in talks with congressional leaders over the weekend on a deficit reduction plan that would bring Republican support for raising the debt ceiling.

He said the deadline for reaching an agreement in deficit reduction talks to raise the federal debt ceiling is approaching, telling reporters that "we're in the 11th hour and we don't have a lot of time left."

"We don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures. We don't have any more time to posture," Obama said.

Obama said he will call House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to arrange more face-to-face talks after the House votes later in the day on a Republican deficit reduction plan opposed by Democrats and the White House.

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  1. Moontree

    Awesome – I wait every day for his latest words of wisdom.

    July 19, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Moontree

    Obama – why don't you wait until you accomplish something before you speak?

    July 19, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Is this clown going some kind of daytime acting Emmy or something??? He's attracted to cameras like files to feces. I can see him hunkered down in front of a TV like Bin laden was, watching replays of himself on TV.

    July 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Sank

    What good does it do for an animal with no brain power to address a ship of fools.

    July 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |

    I imagine the first utterance will be:
    President: "... yep, we've given the GOP what they want and still they won't accept that trickle down economics via tax cuts for the wealthiest, corporate jets, and big oil just don't work; they didn't work the last 8 years and they're not working now, nor will they ever."

    July 19, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. John, PA

    We would do better if Obama and all of his appointees would offer their resignations! Instead we get another speech from the teleprompter president where Obama will “Weiner" the media and public. Debt talks, the latest Obama FAILURE, look at the failures Obama and the Democrats in Congress have for the next president to fix:
    Failure on the economy
    Failure on taxes
    Failure on home foreclosure
    Failure on a budget
    Failure on health care, what a disaster Obama care is
    Failure on price of gasoline, energy

    July 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    These negotiations have been nothing but political posturing on the part of the fascist republican regime all in an effort to continue corporate welfare and to make President Obama look bad. Mr. President, you must stand firm and not give in to their demands. Time to show some backbone sir!

    July 19, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh... the sweet, sweet sound of Obama caving.

    July 19, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Larry L

    President offers compromise and the Republicans offer sound bites from Fox News. The GOP plays politics while "Rome burns".

    July 19, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    "We don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures. We don't have any more time to posture," Obama said.
    Good, so hopefully you will take the generous offer from Speaker Boehner along with the reasonable and necessary spending cuts and not hold out to try and get a tax increase along with this. The US government does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Efficiency will get better results than extra waste.

    July 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |