Obama on debt ceiling battle: “This is not normal”
October 12th, 2013
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Obama on debt ceiling battle: “This is not normal”

Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET, 10/12/2013

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly address that Congress needs to "pass a budget, put people back to work, and end this shutdown."

The President's comments came with both the House and Senate in session this weekend, as lawmakers try to reach agreement on ending the partial federal government shutdown and extend the nation's debt ceiling in advance of next week's deadline.

Friday, the President met with a group of nearly 150 top U.S. business leaders. He filled them in on the conversations he's had at the White House since Wednesday with congressional leaders on reopening the government and removing the threat of default on the nation's credit. Obama said small-business owners have "lost contracts, lost customers, and put hiring on hold" as a trickle down result of the partial government shutdown.

The President said "it wouldn't be wise" to temporarily raise the debt ceiling.

"Kicking the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months" would damage "America's sterling credit rating," he said.

Responding to a proposal by House Republican leaders to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks, Obama called it unwise to "flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season."

The United States lost its Standard and Poor's triple-A credit rating more than two years ago - on August 5, 2011 - during a previous partisan battle over extending the debt ceiling

"This is not normal," said the President, who implored the American people to remember that "politics is a battle of ideas, but you advance those ideas through elections and legislation – not extortion."

Then he said it again: "This is not normal."

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    'The house changed through election which means the "people" did not like the direction you were going or do you think that is not normal'

    Seems now would be a good point to define the House as several districts which did turn in 2010, however, there was a PRESIDENTIAL election in 2012. That would be where the ENTIRE country voted and one man won.

    Winning national elections is only done when a MAJORITY of American voters vote for you.

    So, there is NO President Mitt the Twit. It is also 2013 NOT 2010!

    The GOP LOST, try to keep up!

    October 12, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. NameTA

    Muslim mohammed freak

    October 12, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. America, our country is bankrupt...cut the spending

    Question: If your child takes your credit card and spends too much, do you A) Raise the credit limit so he/she may spend more, B) Cut the card, or C) Attack those who cut the card?

    I'm Tea Party now. I've determined people from both parties are destroying and bankrupting America, and it's time to stop the spending out of control. Where do I sign up?

    October 12, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Mshell

    Once the Republicans get rid of the right-wing radical tea-partiers, the Republicans MAY get some respect back. Tea Partiers are the end of the Republican party. Good riddance!

    October 12, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. rs

    No, Mr. President it is not. The first problem with these negotiations is the GOP is no longer the GOP. It is a radicalized, anti-government (and hence anti-American) cadre populated by highly delusional and ill-educated people, who may, out of spite, put of stupidity, out of anti-American fervor WILL try to crash the economy.

    My question, sir is what will you do about that? The GOP is little more than an organized crime syndicate or some puffed up anti-American militia. When do we treat the GOP as what they are? A threat to America's future.

    October 12, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    No.......there is nothing "normal" about having a dictator in America,..........but that's what we have, so we have to deal with that problem.
    In total agreement Rick, Mr. Cruz HAS GOT to go!

    October 12, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. rs

    What is not normal is Obama's insistence on spending outrageous amounts of money that does not exist. Forget taxpayer's money, this is money spent out of thin air.
    I'll remind you Dave, that while we may decry the Democrats' "tax and spend" ethos, that it was the GOP that pioneered "cut taxes and spend"- and that difference is very important. The GOP has no fiscal honor anymore. Under Obama the deficit is down 60%- and no seniors, poor people or sick people were hurt. Sure, there is a bunch of Debt- much f it from GOP leadership and as a result of trying to fix the GOP recession.

    Caving into GOP fiscal ideology is simply insane.

    October 12, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Obama your the idiot in chief. When you were Senator you voted against raising the debt ceiling. Now your crying like a little baby.


    So what your saying it was a good idea to give GW Bush a blank check to look for WMD's ?

    October 12, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @America, our country is bankrupt...cut the spending:

    Let's start by ending the multi-billion-dollar subsidies to the oil industry, which has been enjoying record
    profits and doesn't need. Let's continue by collecting taxes on the millions, if not billions, that are in offshore accounts. Let's close tax loopholes that allow folks like Romney to write off $77K for his wife's therapy horse as a "business expense." Let's raise taxes on the wealthy who want to enjoy the benefits of a civil society without having to pay for it.

    Raise them on the wealthy who said if we just cut taxes, they'd create jobs. They've had 10 years to do it and haven't, so playtime is over.

    When will Republicans ever get serious about spending problems? Every time we have a Repub president, the debt
    goes through the roof. GW tried a fancy maneuver by keeping the cost of two wars and Medicare Part D off the books, but even so, he increased the debt by 20.7% (source: CBO Historical Budget Page).

    REPUBS are the problem, with their insistence on supply-side and trickle-down economics. YOU are the nincompoops who keep wrecking the economy with deregulation. YOU are the problem – and you LOVE to blame Democrats and for the last five years, you've done everything you can to harm our nation and our economy.

    YOU are the ones who NEED TO GO!

    October 12, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. davete2013

    When people start resorting to calling Obama and his supporters communists or muslims, it reminds me of a child who is throwing a tantrum because he can't have his way so he begins to look for something to throw or break to express his anger.

    October 12, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Badboy

    It is not normal....hahahahahah! But it was okay for OblameO to criticize Bush for raising the debt ceiling. Now the shoe is on the other foot, Obummer is crying like a baby. This guy lies every time he opens his mouth. But the ignorant libs
    lap up his BS like it was champagne. Hows that hope and change workin for ya? I have been working for years, served int military and have always paid my own way. The problem with liberal do gooders is they eventually run out of other peoples money, and that is MY money. Go pick someone else pocket to pay for your EBT, welfare, Obammyphones, Obammycare, DOE, DOE, Dept of Non essential BS....

    October 12, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Glenn

    YouTube discover prophecy by David Assherick

    October 12, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Mark

    What is not normal is fighting two wars on credit and giving the wealthest americans a big tax cut while rewarding companies that employ employies at the cheapest wages that they can get away with.

    October 12, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. rs

    Reminder to the GOP and their supporters who feel the GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility- the last time a Republican President had a balanced budget and no debt was under Eisenhower in the '50s... do you think the fact that the top tax bracket was 89% had anything to do with that?

    October 12, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Now let me see Herr Boehner ( this remains a term of respect in Germany) but unfortunately can be applied to a Dictator or extortionist choose your label.
    Shutting down the government, not raising the debt ceiling Only in the end increase future government deficits and therefore increase our debt.
    The facts are there are only two ways to Reduce budget deficits.
    A) Reduce expenditures..... I really see no need to define any of them as discretional or non discretional .The passage of time will change that nomenclature for virtually anything and everything in that classification.
    B) Increase revenue. Government wise that's tax reform politely or increases.
    Most businesses I worked in went first for increased revenue and only when that failed draconian cost reduction.
    The route chosen varies commercially and occasionally means to spend a buck to make a buck = +1$ on top of that spent.
    That's what makes The republican house stance INSANE. it is an economic crisis not a question of who won or lost who is to blame or not in terms of a political debate on whatever.
    QED Boehner as the WSJ/NBC poll indicates ( almost 80 %) can be either extortionist/ dictator or both.
    And Cruz believes that's a winning strategy. If he is right its god help us, not no way will god bless America.!

    October 13, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  16. Rob


    The deficit is NOT down down 60%.. The deficit has increased more every year under Obama then ANY President in US history. I've seen where the year budget spending is down this year compared to previous years, but we are still ADDING to the deficit, not subtracting – we do not have any yearly budget surpluses like Clinton ( that subtract from the national deficit ) ... And that is a Fact

    October 13, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  17. DarPot

    Mark – "What is not normal is fighting ..."

    What is not normal is more than doubling the spending, which has resulted in National Debt increasing by Seven Trillion dollars in less than five years.

    What is not normal is highest spending rate to GDP in entire history of U.S.

    What is not normal is having more people riding First Class on the Socialist Democrat Gravy-Train, than those who provide the Tax Revenue funding to run the Gravy-Train.

    America does not have a Tax Revenue problem. America has a Socialist Give-Away Spending problem created by Obama Democrats.
    Disagree and want to increase Tax Revenues to cover Obama's out of control wasteful spending?
    Then have Obama's free-loading voting block start paying their "Fair Share", $7,000 (Seven Thousand) in Taxes each year, instead of paying at most, $430 (Four Hundred & Thirty).
    Good luck with that. Got about as much chance of happening as getting Obama to quit Lying or stop finger-pointing.

    October 13, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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