WH disavows quote, says it cares when shutdown ends
October 4th, 2013
03:49 PM ET
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WH disavows quote, says it cares when shutdown ends

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.

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  1. tom l

    @The Real TP,
    "Tom, the threats they have been issuing, the dark warnings all amount to that. You once said you were an independent: please demonstrate that by not issuing blanket statements about people on the Left lying, and diminishing your intelligence in the process. Cruz, Lee, Paul, all of them have been threatening this for months: is that an act of responsible legislating?"

    Hey TP, hope you have been well. To be honest, lately I think your comments have been a lot more emotionally driven. I mean, on Wednesday the market was down 60 points and you were blaming repubs as if a 60 point drop really matters. I know you have a better understanding of the market and how it works and I know you know that a 60 point drop is nothing. That being said, I believe in this case with your assertion that Cruz "wants" to shut the govt down to be totally off base. He might find it an unfortunate necessity rather than an actual desire. Clearly, he wants a smaller govt but that doesn't mean he wants no govt. There is a big difference. I'm not sure if you will accept this analogy but it's just like a parent who doesn't get their child a toy because they just couldn't afford it. The parent doesn't "want" for the child not to have the toy but does it out of better judgment. Please recognize that I understand that our economy is not a "toy" and I am not saying that Cruz is the "parent". I'm just trying to show you how you are using the wrong word and it changes everything and makes it an emotionally based argument that really isn't true.

    So I stand by my comment that Cruz does not want to but feels that he has no other choice. I think there could be better ways and I believe that they are all just playing us for fools trying to scare us into manufactured panic. I believe that if we take in 250 billion every month in receipts that there is absolutely no reason, no way and no comprehensible thought behind not taking 7 billion of that 250 billion to pay our debts. But I'm open to hear what you have to say and hope you see this post...

    October 4, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Gunderson

    Holy China,
    You know what young people saying about "Putin" Care? Same thing they say out in Old West. *** you and horse you ride in on. No kidding. That what they say.Nobody sign up.

    October 4, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Marcus (from...?)

    Besides 'Deep Throat' which other 'unidentified source' has ever produced something out of his/her hearsay? In Washington DC I mean. Or coming from the WSJ. Or both.

    October 4, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Holy China,
    You know what young people saying about "Putin" Care? Same thing they say out in Old West. *** you and horse you ride in on. No kidding. That what they say.Nobody sign up.

    Wow, "Gunderson" is back with his witty and charming sense of humor... NOT!

    October 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    I know, I know, Gunderson actually has a masters from Texas A&M.

    October 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Winston Smith

    Guess it's up to the Faux News Channel, to lay this issue to rest. They're reporting is so balanced, don't you know.

    October 4, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Frankly, I don't care if Obama himself got on camera, made troll faces, and mocked Boehner like a raging toddler.

    "You're disTRACTing me! It will now take me TIME to get back to where I was!" - Jack Nicholson, "The Shining"

    They're distracting us again. The only issue at hand: will Boehner let the House vote, or won't he?

    October 4, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Clearly, he wants a smaller govt but that doesn't mean he wants no govt."

    Of course he wants some form of gov't....how else would he rule from on high once he disassembles every governmental advance we've made in the past 75 years that helped create and grow the middle class and turn us into an industrialized international superpower? You're absolutely right. Cruz et al don't want "no" government...they want "their" government...one they alone have defined and over which they have exclusive control...and a populace composed of 99% submissive third-world labor force over which to rule on behalf of their plutocrat masters.

    October 4, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. tiscali.it

    the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Globe owned by Billionaire Murdoch...same guy who owns Faux News

    October 4, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Yeah Right

    don in albuquerque

    I know, I know, Gunderson actually has a masters from Texas A&M.


    Thanks a lot. I have Diet Coke all over my keyboard now.

    October 4, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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