Obama: Let's avoid 'apocalypse'
September 18th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Let's avoid 'apocalypse'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama again made his case that Congress must pass a budget and not negotiate on the health care law Wednesday, this time to business leaders.

Obama blamed an "ideological faction" of the Republican Party for the "ideological fight" currently underway in Congress over the budget.

"I'm happy to negotiate with them around the budget … What I will not do is to create a habit, a pattern, whereby the full faith and credit of the United States ends up being a bargaining chip to set policy," Obama told the roughly 100 CEOs gathered in Washington. "It's irresponsible."

The Obama administration has marked the 5th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers this week to promote its financial policies post-recession and use the microphone to lay down their gauntlet over the impending budget and debt ceiling negotiations.

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Obama spoke Wednesday after House Speaker John Boehner officially announced the House's intention to once again vote to defund Obamacare as part of a measure to keep the government running past September 30.


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Although the president offered a politically charged case on Monday, he was more muted in his remarks Wednesday as he asked business leaders to use their influence to appeal to Congressional Republicans so that "apocalypse" is not promised every three months.

Obama said failure to pass a spending measure to keep the federal government operating into October would hurt the economic recovery. And although he said the overall economic picture is brighter, he pointed to stalled progress over issues like immigration as factors that are impeding growth.

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Obama made the case for immigration reform specifically to the CEOs, saying reform could add "potentially a trillion dollars to our economy and that we will continue to attract the best and brightest talent around the world."

The president has met before with the Business Roundtable, members of which employ more than 16 million people, according to BRT. During previous budget and debt ceiling negotiations, the group has lobbied, sometimes with significant funds, against shutting down the government.

Earlier Wednesday the group released a survey that said they expect a decline in the US economy in the third quarter and hiring to remain essentially flat.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "We deserve our destruction for electing this miserable divisive failure President of this once great nation."

    Thank you for proving my point that the GOP/Teatrolls view their deliberate attempts to hamper economic recovery and prolong everyone's suffering as a justifiable and deserved punishment of the country for electing someone POTUS who is not a certified white male Republican.

    September 18, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    @jusf saying,you still don't realize that the uneducated bunch of fools are mostly the people who will benefit the most and are already collecting from the federal government.
    Being brain dead is no excuse to think that faux news tells the truth. They are a bunch of puppets whose Koch hands are up their behinds!

    September 18, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "it the uneducated american public gets fed the usual lies and leftist democrat talking points by the left wing propaganda machine known as the main street media"

    You mean the "liberal MSM" that, through Chuck Todd (a big shot at MSNBC), is busy today explicitly arguing that they have no responsibility to debunk all the lies the GOP/Teatrolls have told about the ACA and that repeatedly and consistently resurface in surveys of random samples of the public?

    September 18, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Rowing Stone

    THe tea party should change their name to The Taliban-2. After all they are both religious extremist, anit-imigration, anti-women, and anti-anything related to Obama. They might even look more frightening with long beards.

    September 18, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    Sniffit
    Survey says: unconvincing to the vast majority of Americans.
    Better think up a better argument before September 30th, champ.
    -–

    it the uneducated american public gets fed the usual lies and leftist democrat talking points by the left wing propaganda machine known as the main street media, then you may be right. but they don't have a monopoly like they used to have. we'll see won't we? internet, fox news and other forms of communication help get the truth out to the american people.
    **********
    Wow. The internet, Fox News and other forms of communication only help to get out rightwing affirmation, not the truth. Its always wonderful when a conservative starts out by questioning the public on the their choices, but, given the fact that they know they can't win a argument with any reasonable grasp of reality, they turn to saying that the media is against them. Attacking laws with screams of doom and the apocolypse before they take effect is the cry of those that have lost the argument. Using a source of information simply because it tells you waht you want to hear is not getting the truth out, its a crank posting unvetted garbage, something you have a lot of experience with.

    September 18, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Rowing Stone

    The tea party is like the boy on the playing field that owns the football. If you don't play by his misguided / made up rules, he will take his ball and go home. Then he gets beat up and some how looses his football.

    September 18, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Rowing Stone

    If there was an IQ test for voting there would be no tea party!

    September 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Time for Democrats to stop pacifying the neighborhood bullies like Cantor, McConnell and Ryan. Give them the rope to hang themselves
    -------------------------------------------------
    They have enough rope wrapped around their treasonous little necks, what we need to do is open the trap door beneath their feet.
    We can do so in 2014.

    September 18, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Tony

    Republicans are adopting the Rush Limbaugh strategy: they are entertainers. Forget about governing and winning national elections. All Republicans want is to stir up their base, so that they can win local elections and hang on to their government jobs, in the government that they despise so much.

    September 18, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Ron L

    OK...America, it looks like the positions have been taken and if there is no change between now and the 30th. Here is whats going to happen...On the first of October the government will begin the process of shutting down. The stock market will drop 400 to 600 points; Moody's will give the U.S. a credit rating of B+ dropping it from A. The Republicans will attempt to blame the President and the President will rightfully say the Republicans are trying to destroy a healthcare plan that is the law of the land and he has no intention of delaying it. If this goes on for 2-3 days the damage will be extensive and we will ALL pay the price. While I hate seeing this going on, but if I were the President I would be standing firm on this principle as well. The ONLY reason people have such a low opinion of the Affordable Care Act is 8 to 12 Republicans have constantly said how horrible it will be because they HATE the government being involved in it. They could not care less about the people who are without any healthcare coverage other than emergency room care. They are incredibly insenstive to how difficult life is for the working poor in this nation. People seem to forget neither Social Security or Medicare was popular when they were implemented. Imagine how bad off some of the poor and elderly would be today without them. We are watching the potential self-destruction of America. Hold on America, it will probably get worst before it gets better.

    September 18, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Evergreen

    Boehner and party might be emboldening our enemies to strike us as they may reasonable assume that a government shut done will distract the country.

    September 18, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    It is Official, let us all call Tea party as Taliban Party. How about this?

    September 18, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. tiffinS

    Same ole angry libs, same ole lame taling points. Please find something more productive to do...you all are (except for a rare few) really coming accross as pa-thet-ic.

    September 18, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    You mean the "liberal MSM" that, through Chuck Todd (a big shot at MSNBC), is busy today explicitly arguing that they have no responsibility to debunk all the lies the GOP/Teatrolls have told about the ACA and that repeatedly and consistently resurface in surveys of random samples of the public?
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    The single biggest lie told about the ACA is the one about death panels.

    True, there is a board of people, two dozen I think, who evaluate the ACA. The right wing would have you believe that these 24 or so people make health care decisions daily for millions of people, which common sense says is absurdly impossible. What the panel really does is evaluate the implementation of the law, look for problems, areas of improvement, and recommends solutions to the Congress to solve them.

    The board has no power to implement anything, except make recommendations on what changes to make in the law. This panel is what the right wing has been calling "death panels", which will kill your grandma. What a whopper that one is. I can't wait until all of the lies blow up in their faces, which is probably why they're so anxious to block it in any way, shape, or form.

    September 18, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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