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.

Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Jay Carney
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. tom l

    File that one under the "never let a crisis go to waste" category...

    October 4, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP is reaping what it sowed!

    October 4, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Just more lies and stupidity from the WH........as USUAL!

    October 4, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Thomas

    All this because a few want to stop the Affordable Healthcare Act ?

    October 4, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boehner has made this a damn game. He could end this today if he brought the senate resolution to a vote in the house.

    October 4, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. len

    Vote all GOP, Tea Party out in 2014!!

    October 4, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. freedom

    This unprofessional, reckless rhetoric comes from the top. We all know that the CEO of a company sets the tone for the company's reputation and the conduct of its employees. The president, as well, sets the tone in the cabinet and in their party. It's all this president has been spewing since day one from every podium and every microphone – and continues to do so,,,,even during a government shutdown.

    October 4, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The Wall Street Journal is a conservative newspaper. I'm sure the quote was taken out of context. The people enjoying this are republicans. Just look at Bachmann, Blackburn, Cruz and the rest of them. They wanted this all along. Heck! Look no further than to the open mic comments of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. They call this "WINNING."

    October 4, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    WSJ = Rupert Murdoch. Anonymous person quoted = maybe imaginary and at the very least was not in any way authorized to speak on behalf of the POTUS.

    "All we are asking for is to sit down and have a discussion"

    It's been discussed, you've receive your answer and negotiating would only encourage you to continue your strategy of manufacturing these crises and hostage situations on a regular basis and incentivize your refusal to pass a long term budget by going to conference on the budgets passed by each chamber of Congress in April.

    "bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare"

    Translation: "We want the individual mandate delayed for a year because it would severely undermine the ACA's ability to be implemented and function properly, so we're going to use a broken analogy to the employer mandate to make an emotional plea to fairness even though the comparison is invalid."

    October 4, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Tony

    As an proud American, it is so disappointing to see that the minority that should be representing the people are letting us down as a nation, it is cruel, evil and power hunger (hurting millions of innocent people). I don't always agree with the President and Congress, but we do have a order that we as advanced country should follow and not allow a minority in our political system terrorize us. The law is the law and if you want to change it go thru the correct process. These people are no better than terrorist!!! If the current President gives in we will set a precedent that any party that does not get its way can hold the majority hostage until it gets its way, not Democratic.......

    October 4, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People


    Nobody outside of conservatives believe that rag anymore, since Rupert Murdoch purchased it, since it is just FOX News in print!

    Probably a plant anyway(gee, this tossing out unsubstantiated conspiracy theories sure is easy)!

    Maybe next time I will suggest all polls are "skewed"!

    October 4, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. O'drama ya Mama

    Republicans can do all they want, post it on twitter, go on tv and talk about it, etc. Keep wasting your time playing politics instead of actually re-opening the government.

    October 4, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    And regardless if it's true or not, the uneducated GOP basement bloggers will be on here all night swearing it's true and that it was Obama that said it.

    October 4, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The American people don't want their government shut down "

    Actually, the small minority of them that you ginned up, funded, organized, radicalized and who you are now forced to obey for fear of getting primaried...they truly do want the gov't shut down. they yelled and screamed and demanded it and they are all walking around with shyte-eating grins on their faces thinking they can "win this" now. McConnell and Randroid already accidentally spilled that belief into a hot mic the other day. Moreover, Captain Orangeglow, you are currently the only thing standing in the way of a "clean" CR being voted on and passing the House with the vast majority of the House voting for it except for the aforementioned radicalized fools.

    Note to GOP/Teatrolls: Nobody is fooled by the Teatrolls pretending they didn't demand this shutdown, the rest of the GOP pretending they didn't obey out of fear, the GOP/Teatrolls' claims that they care about how horrible this is for people or their lame spin attempting to blame it all on Obama. NOBODY. IS. FOOLED.

    October 4, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. bill

    so who is lying here the whitehouse or the WSJ ? my money is on the whitehouse.

    October 4, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Three things unanswered:

    Who made the statement?
    Who believes the right wing Wall Street Journal?
    Did they think this would diminish the McConnell/Paul "we can win this" open mic debacle?

    I'm done with "unnamed sources", but I consider who is "reporting" ghost comments.

    October 4, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Wake up People!

    I could care less what lies the WSJ prints, but I did see Cantor this morning on Fox, and he could barely contain the smirk on his face as he talked.

    October 4, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    freedom – Are you Rick Perry's right boot or his left boot? Do not take what Fox media says without verification.

    October 4, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Who believes the right wing Wall Street Journal?"

    You can be sure Politico will run with anything they can like that. They are one of he very few "news" outfits that actually surpass CNN in the category of false equivalence manufacture.

    October 4, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Pander Bear

    What's hysterically funny/sad is watching the GOP trying to pin this shutdown on the President and Dems. No one is buying their garbage so suddenly they are the champions of the down trodden by wanting to fund...wait for it...FOOD STAMPS! Which they voted to defund to the tune of $40 Billion just a couple of weeks ago. You can't make this crap up. Oh wait, yes you can – if you are a Republican.

    October 4, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Flagship, NC

    This is so the GOP's continuing it plan to stop the Affordable Healthcare Act.
    Some thing is very wrong with their plan. The insurance companies must be paying them very well for them
    to go through this with out stating a reason it is so bad.

    October 4, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. tiscali.it

    Sorry GOP you are losing this one...no matter how the media tries to help you wiggle out of this...

    October 4, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    WSJ, and Rupert Murdoch: anyone remember what destroyed " News of the World" in the UK, one of Murdoch's flagship papers? Hacking into the voicemail of Millie Dowler, a 13 year old girl who had gone missing, creating teh impression she was still alive when she was already dead. The WSJ, FOX and everything else Murdoch touches, he destroys. Think about that when you are tempted to recite FOX's rating, which have nothing to do with journalism. This is the sort of crap Murdoch has always engaged in, creating rumors and pushing them until they have a veneer of reality to enough weak-minded people that they are accepted as the truth.

    October 4, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Who owns the Wall Street Journal?

    October 4, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Yeah Right

    Gee Boehner, What do you have to say about the video of Michelle Bachman saying "This is about the happiest I've seen the members in a long time". That was her saying that, not some unnamed, probably made up source in the WSJ.
    What about Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, again on tape, saying "we are winning this".
    Oh, by the way, Ted Cruz called. He found your balls.

    October 4, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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