Washington (CNN) – On Day Four of the shutdown, the White House sought to distance itself from a quote that depicted a celebratory Obama administration with a strategic upper hand.
White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to a Politico reporter asking if he stands by a quote published by The Wall Street Journal that cites a senior administration official as saying: "We are winning...It doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result."
Carney tweeted, "we utterly disavow idea WH doesn't care when it ends. House should act now, no strings attached.
Roughly around the same time as the Twitter exchange, Republican House Speaker John Boehner mentioned the quote at the top of a news conference on Capitol Hill.
"This morning, I get the WSJ out and it says, 'I don't care how long this lasts because we are winning.' This isn't some damn game!" Boehner said, as he slammed the newspaper onto the podium.
"The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I. All we are asking for is to sit down and have a discussion, reopen government and to bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare," he said.
After Boehner's remarks, Carney agreed on Twitter that "it's no game" and called on the speaker to let the House vote on a clean continuing resolution that funds the government all at once.
The White House also released a statement saying they would "strongly oppose" a "piecemeal" approach by the House to gradually re-open the government bit by bit.
"Consideration of appropriations bills in this fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government. Instead of opening up a few government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the government," read the statement of administration policy.
The strong-worded document then concludes with 10 specific House resolutions that the president would veto if they came to his desk. Two of the proposals fund parts of the government, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the National Nuclear Security Administration.