Obama wants new approach after shutdown
October 17th, 2013
01:02 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama wants new approach after shutdown

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday there were "no winners" in the deal that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted a possible U.S. default, then challenged Republican conservatives to drop their anti-government ideology and change how business gets done in Washington.

In a tough and somber statement hours after signing legislation passed by Congress to reopen the government, Obama said the standoff "inflicted completely unnecessary damage (to) our economy" by slowing growth and increasing borrowing costs.

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  1. debbie

    did not like any of you in DC last week, do not like any of you in DC this week.....(except for the seante stenographer).. you all need to be replaced. you did not come up with anything close to a solution.. you simply postponed it. I am sick of all of you.

    October 17, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "As Obama walked away from a news conference Wednesday night, he was asked whether he thought America would be going through this brouhaha again in a few months.

    His answer: "No.""
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    And nothing could possibly give the Teatrolls more desire to inflict it upon us again. Obama says "no"? That's all the reason they need for shutting down the gov't in January.

    October 17, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. luke,az

    You did a great job President Obama by not dealing with the "MacGruber" wing of the Republican party. They are trying to obstruct, delay and destroy any program that benefits the American people. It's time to vote out these idiots.

    October 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    In a tough and somber statement hours after signing legislation passed by Congress to reopen the government, Obama said the standoff "inflicted completely unnecessary damage (to) our economy" by slowing growth and increasing borrowing costs.
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    In other words, if the economy continues on its' slow recovery path, or even tanks, the blame is going to lay soley with the Tea Party, most especially after the pull the same stunt again in three months. For now, the Tea Party owns the economy.

    October 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Winston Smith

    The president wants a new approach, as do the people and all other living beings capable of rational thought.

    October 17, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. j kane s fla

    all you have to do is kick out the teagarbage of America out of office and give the house to the dems to get the country moving away from gop obstruction that has cost the usa gdp 24 billon because of their extremism, thanks cruz for your incompetence and stupidity, you lost and welcome to obamscare.

    October 17, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. rs

    It is truly unbelievable that the GOP's little miscalculation- their failure to crash the economy and bring down our government through their little rebellion will go unpunished. The obscene waste of tax payer dollars alone is mind-boggling, and I'll bet that initial estimate of $24-28 BILLION will rise in the coming days. It is hard to imagine a cadre of politicians in any other nation in the world could do what the GOP just did, and not wind up exiled or in jail. They ought to be grateful for that, but their radicalism and hatered has made them utterly irrational.

    One might hope they'ved learned from their little misadventure, but hearing from the guilty parties, they apparently have not. The next round won't be pretty, but the radicals have been exposed for what they are.

    October 17, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Me

    Yes I am sure he does, he wants the me me and only me approach!!! This has to be the most thuggish and childish president EVER and it is showing in his approval ratings!!!! But I guess this is what you get when you elect someone with "Chicago" politics in his blood!

    October 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. freedom

    If he had acted like a real president, and negotiated with the other branches of government that we, the people, elected – then this shutdown wouldn't have happened.

    October 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. freedom

    And by the way, the pain inflicted was deliberate – by Obama. We are not stupid out here – we see clearly what happened.

    October 17, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    This president is a legend. His legacy stands live and great.

    October 17, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. rs

    freedom

    And by the way, the pain inflicted was deliberate – by Obama. We are not stupid out here – we see clearly what happened.
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    We who? To the rational, the GOP did all the hostage taking, and the President was the real adult in the room. Look in the mirror sonny- you are the end of the GOP, not everyone else.

    October 17, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Baldwin

    just be glad its over... at least for now

    October 17, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    It's in Obama's DNA to try to get along w/folks who think differently than him & reach a rational solution to a problem. It's in the DNA of Tea Party Repubs. to pick fights & take no prisoners & consider their opinions infallible. A Bad Marriage.

    October 17, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. rs

    Yes I am sure he does, he wants the me me and only me approach!!! This has to be the most thuggish and childish president EVER and it is showing in his approval ratings!!!! But I guess this is what you get when you elect someone with "Chicago" politics in his blood!
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    Yes, what the President did is called leadership. He lead against the petty-tin-pot dictators of the TEA Party, who unaccountably still want to crash the economy. BTW even if his approval rating is down- go and look at the wreckage of the GOP's, and BTW- the President's approval is going up.
    Live with it.

    October 17, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Ron L

    The worst thing about this situation is the 30 or 40 million Americans who agree and support the Tea Party believe they are more important than the remaining 200 million Americans who don't agree. What just happened is the MAJORITY of Americans believe there are things that need to be fixed in our society but through COMPROMISE not by shutting down the government and the Senate reflected OUR WILL...Moderate Americans, YOU HAVE to participate in your PRIMARY ELECTIONS!! This is the ONLY WAY to fix this mess.

    October 17, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Tony

    Rubio promised that "there is going to be an all-out revolt" over Obamacare in 2014. OK, if Rubio is talking about a revolt, maybe the government should charge him with sedition.

    October 17, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Data Driven

    @freedom,

    "If he had acted like a real president, and negotiated with the other branches of government that we, the people, elected – then this shutdown wouldn't have happened."

    Yeah, but more people elected Democrats.

    Majority rules in the USA! Sorry!

    October 17, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |