Obama: 'Only one way out' of shutdown
October 3rd, 2013
11:49 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama: 'Only one way out' of shutdown

(CNN) - President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there's only one party at fault and one remedy.

"There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today," Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.

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  1. rs

    The President is correct of course, unfortunately problem-solving is not what the GOP is about. They like this chaos, they like the damage they are doing (they promised it for 3 years).
    The GOP moderates need to take back their party now, or the GOP as a whole will face the consequences of their illegal and ill-advised actions.

    October 3, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. just saying

    obama.... campaign, golf, vacation, campaign, golf, vacation, campaign, golf, vacation.....

    govern? lead?? not so much....

    October 3, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Country Above Parties

    FAUX News is openly supporting for Gov't "SHUT"down, they are so shamlessly calling it "SLIM"down. They are worry about ONE cancer patient not getting treatment (photo opt) but hell with 800,000 plus federal workers looking to lose their jobs and subsequent affects on families and the country. Vote these R's out or we will be a Christian Taliban nation.

    October 3, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Hector Slagg

    Of Course,
    Give the Liberal's the Keys to the money, raise the debt ceiling and pass the Buck. Wait. Isn't that what we have been doing the last 85 Years? Well it must be working so why change? Who cares that all the "Takers" will be out of money and no idea of how it all works. It is the Blind leading the Blind.

    October 3, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today"

    They could. But that would in all likelihood shut down their Brothers-Koch funded campaigns (depending on which way they vote).

    Guess which is most important to them?

    October 3, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Disgusted

    Once again Obama did not address the real fact of why congress has shutdown the government and that is because he will not grant a delay for the American people just as he has His friends, family, collegues, and Big Buisness. He claims that the GOP is acting childish when in fact he is the first to stand in front of the country and call names and make untrue remarks. Obama all you have to do is grant the same delay for us average Americans as you have your friends, is that too much to ask? I think not! What is good for us average folk should be good enough for you and yours. Quit trying to turn our democracy into a socialist government.

    October 3, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Pass a clean spending bill. That's the ONLY way out of this. NO NEGOTIATING!!!

    October 3, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Dallas

    Boehner has no guts. He and his caucus care nothing for the American people. Show some grit Speaker Boehner – put the CR on the floor and let the people's representatives vote. Nothing you can say or do is going to defund Obamacare – wake up and accept reality! It's the law of the land – deal with it. If you and your party keep this up, you will be nothing but history come November 2014.

    October 3, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Donna

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    Pass a clean spending bill. That's the ONLY way out of this. NO NEGOTIATING!!!
    -–

    Any CR that contains funding for the dirty rotten lie filled Obamacare is NOT "clean". I commend House Republicans for defunding this deceitful pack of lies that was forced on the American people by the far left extremist Democrat/Communist/Socialist Party.

    October 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Ron L

    The President MUST hold firm..it is not about him, it is not about the Affordable Care Act, IT IS ABOUT HOW AMERICAS BUDGETARY DISAGREEMENTS WILL BE DEALT WITH IN THE FUTURE.
    There are many Republicans who do not want to understand how this last minute borderline blackmailing maneuver is an extremely dangerous way to conduct our business. How would they reactive if the role was reversed and 30 democrats in a Democrats in a Democratically led house decided they would not allow a vote on the floor to raise the debt ceiling unless the Republican President agreed to raise the taxes on the richest Americans by 15%!!! A huge number of Americans would not have a problem with that...but it would be the WRONG way to attempt to get it done. You see you can not run a government this way.
    STAND STRONG Mr. President, it's going to get ugly but we need to rid ourselves of these destructive antics.

    October 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. okie

    just saying

    obama.... campaign, golf, vacation, campaign, golf, vacation, campaign, golf, vacation.....

    govern? lead?? not so much....

    -------------------------------------------------

    GOP..... Promise laser focus on jobs....obstruct everything while providing no alternatives, or compromise. Take a 5 week paid vacation.... obstruct some more.......take another 5 week paid vacation.....close the government , and blame everyone else for their refusal to compromise.

    govern? lead?? not so much....

    October 3, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. just asking

    let me guess.... yet another hand picked union crowd right??? either clueless college kids or union lackeys. the only people that ever appear at obama speeches. neither accurately represents the american peoples interest. after 5 years, you'd think obama might have the courage to leave his little leftist bubble world and see the real one.

    October 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Pam from Iowa

    The GOP has become the laughing stock of America these days!
    All are nothing but sorry losers who cant handle the truth!!!

    October 3, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. freedom

    Obama goes all over the world apologizing about America – and treats his colleagues in Congress, and the American people like his enemies. Do you Obama supporters not see a huge problem with this?? He has never spoken this severe against our enemies – he is truly anti-American.

    October 3, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    republicans...........campaign, take five weeks off, have a drink, campaign, take December off, "vacation" on
    taxpayer's dime, aka faux fact-finding mission, campaign, work half a year, have a drink (as apparently they
    were doing during the shut-down discussions), rake in hate money, rest, pretend they care..............

    govern, lead, not by a long shot.

    October 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Denise

    What would Mitt have done? Did anyone catch Ann on FAUX yesterday? Those fools are still in denial.....

    October 3, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. just saying

    freedom
    Obama goes all over the world apologizing about America – and treats his colleagues in Congress, and the American people like his enemies. Do you Obama supporters not see a huge problem with this?? He has never spoken this severe against our enemies – he is truly anti-American.
    -–

    well he did speak of punishing his enemies.... anybody that doesn't support him that is. right now that is nearly 60% of the country. i've said all along that obama was a very dangerous person. he proves it every day.

    October 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. vikingwoman

    Just talked w/a government worker who said:"How can the government 'shut down' or 'open up'? We're still here & I thank God I still have a job!" Spoken like We, the People!! We aren't gonna sit on our duff & play these games of 'chicken' w/y'all! Go to work, pass a Clean CR & beware of next year! Many of you who Think you're the government should be shaking in your expensive Italian shoes! Unemployment for you, eat cake!!

    October 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hold firm Mr. President AND continue to take every opportunity to explain to the American people via television, radio, print media and the internet what is at stake, why it is happenning and who's not cooperating in bringing this recklessness to an end.
    Stand firm Mr. President!
    Those of us that can least afford this modern day lynching of a duly elected President stand with you.

    October 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. freedom

    @just saying

    That's right – and his enemies include veterans, anyone who is not of color, anyone who doesn't bow down to him, anyone who speaks the words Islamic Jihad, anyone who things America is an exceptional nation, and anyone who believes in the Constitution and the freedoms it holds valuable. And so much more...

    October 3, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. robert jay

    Don't budge 1 millimeter Mr President – it is time the Republicans learn there are brighter and stronger people in this country – I want the Republicans to pay a severe price for their childish and stupid antics over the last 17 years

    October 3, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "well he did speak of punishing his enemies"

    No he didn't. You're taking the quote out of the context of everything else he was saying just so you can and misrepresent it.

    October 3, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Irene

    Obama should not get a paycheck or anyone else in a elected goverment offical that recieves a paycheck. It is only fair that they all go and do there job for the and resolve the issues that are affecting so many American citizens.
    And for our Presidents remarks on not talking to resolve all the issues and that all has to be his way and no other way is wrong and he was not put into office to run the country this way. I am a Democrat and will never vote for him or anyone that is affilated with him. I am ashamed that our leaders are taking our rights away and treat all of us like we are nothing.

    October 3, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Tony Z

    The major question is trying to defund the Affordable Care Act have a greater opportunity cost than funding the Federal government? The answer is NO! The economy needs to continue to grow and we can fix provisions in the Affordable Care Act. This is what a legislator does.

    What are we really asking the President to do? It is the job of Congress to pass a budget. They have FAILED. They need to fix it. The President has provided his guidance like an Executive should. In most jobs they would be fired for failure to perform.

    October 3, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    ""he economy's recovery hampered.
    ––
    Correction: hamper the dismal, barely visible, joless recovery."
    -–
    Thank for illustrating the Teatroll mind's masterful penchant for circular logic.
    -

    And thank you for your usually drivel. 1.5-1.8% growth is stagnation not a recovery. For the last 5 years of the Obama adminstration, the economy hasn't created enough jobs to keep up with population growth, let alone put others back to work. Stop lying to people about a recovery. There has been none, even after 5 years."
    ====
    LOL. Here's how it works:

    1. Deliberately hamper recovery via massive obstruction, refusal to legislate on anything regarding the economy or jobs, pass nothing but symbolic domestic social legislation and 46 attempts to destroy the POTUS signature legislation, manufacture recurring crises so you can play hostage games, send ransom letters offering only to do your job if you get your way, repeatedly arrange threats of government shutdowns, repeatedly arrange threats to allow the nation to default on its debts, etc. etc. etc.

    2. Watch as the economy measurably and provably responds in a negative manner to your actions.

    3. Cite the bad statistics you caused as proof that the economy is not recovering.

    GOP/Teatrolls: Breaking gov't to "prove" it's broken.

    4. Get corrected for it.

    October 3, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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