President makes surprise appearance at briefing; lashes out over budget talks
April 5th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

President makes surprise appearance at briefing; lashes out over budget talks

Washington (CNN) – Taking questions from the White House press corp Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner will meet at 4 p.m. ET to discuss the budget and the looming government shutdown. If they can't reach an agreement, Obama said, he expects them to return to the White House on Wednesday for further talks.

The White House will put in "whatever resources are required in terms of time and energy" to reach an agreement, Obama said.

Obama said he could support one more short-term extension of federal funding to avert a partial government shutdown only if a deal is reached on spending for the rest of the current fiscal year, but a few more days are needed to get it passed through Congress.

He criticized Republicans for trying to use the budget talks to push unrelated priorities relating to issues such as abortion and environmental protection.

He also urged a greater spirit of compromise in the ongoing budget negotiations.

"What we can't do is have a 'my way or the highway' approach to this problem," he told reporters at the White House. "If we start applying that approach ... we're not going to get anything done this year."

House Speaker John Boehner said "there was no agreement reached," but that conversations will continue.

"We’re talking about real spending cuts, no smoke and mirrors," Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday. “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the White House to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options."  (read more on cnn.com)


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  1. Bill

    But isn't that the approach you are taking Mr. President.... My way of the highway? There are things in the budget that can be and should be cut. To ignore them is a my way or the highway approach.....

    April 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Georg

      No, Bill, it is the Republicans and the Tea Party which insist upon "my way or the highway!" The only thing which the republicans have is a better propaganda machine, which spews lies, hatred, misinformation, and misdirection. Goebbels is the figure the republicans like best, because they insist on repeating over and over again the Big Lie, and it is just as effective now as it was in the 1930s! Wake up America!

      April 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Flash .... this just in .... in traditional liberal style, the president today (and for the last several days) has rejected all republican ideas. (as reported on CBS news BTW) Thus proving to Georg that his precious president is as guilty as he claims the republicans to be.... LOL

        April 7, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • Bill

      So Georg, what did you just do? Using the Goebbels reference... to what purpose. Propaganda ... or attempting to sway people to your cause ..... I know but I am not sure you do, that there is no Goebbels in either party. There are a few mar_X_ists.... but that has been true for a long long time.

      Your attempt to equate repiblicans to that era and group is a good example of what I said.... It is your way or the highway.....

      After all no conservative has ever had a thought worth a grain of salt anyway... Think about this carefully...

      April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  2. RealClear

    Yes lets start by cutting those tax refunds to GE etc.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  3. American

    The GOP Ryan plan would return this country to the Dark Ages of the 1890s. It would strip Americans of Medicare and Social Security by turning them into PINOs–Programs In Name Only. It would strip Americans of the ability to go to college and universities by eliminating student aid. It would slash taxes for the extreme rich, raise taxes on the very poor through a consumption tax, and enforce a new caste system where being poor now means that you, your children, and every generation to come will never escape from poverty. Middle-class got big because in the 1950s the top tax rate on the highest paid was 91%... Middle-Class Americans were prospering.

    It would be nice if the Republicans had shown some spending restraint during the Bush years instead of spending all the surpluses and running massive deficits beyond anything the Democrats did.

    Reagan signed the great amnesty and engaged in massive deficit spending and every other Republican administration has. They outspent the Democrats since Reagan except for Obama who was simply implementing the previous administration's bailout and spend ideas after Bush wasted a taxpayer fortune to charge Iraq for those still missing WMDs instead of stopping a domestic economic meltdown.

    Republicans are only fiscally conservative when it comes to hurting the elderly and poor sick unemployed Americans in a Great Recession.

    They won't let Asia and Europe pay for their own defense and spend trillions on that each decade. They spend trillions more fighting wars all over the globe. They pass trade legislation that only helps the top 1% wealthiest and largest corporations but hurts the American worker and small businesses. Then, in my opinion, they lie about what they do.

    How dare poor suffering Americans who worked for decades having their labor exploited by godless corporations and then kicked to the curb and lost everything in the Great Recession before retirement and got sick get free medical care.

    Instead of spending trillions to protect Europe (as if Europe needs us spending trillions to protect them from a non-existent boogieman), South Korea, Iraq, etc... and passing a law to make medical providers accept a revised Medicare/Medicaid rate schedule, they just want to toss all the poor sick and elderly Americans under a bus and give the super rich a big tax break.

    Sounds like Republican sponsored democide on Americans to me. The people won't go for it. They will just see these crazies for what they are.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      About your post, it is melodramatic and short on facts, however I feel compelled to answer.

      1) "The ability to go to college and universities by eliminating student aid." –
      Would you agree that congress could put pressure on universities to lower their tuition rates? That this downward price would aid all students. The best way to do that is to eliminate consumer subsidies. Example: Say the fed. gov. gave everyone $1000 to shop a W-Mart. Do you think prices would go up, stay the same or go down. Universities are no different.

      2) "you, your children, and every generation to come will never escape from poverty" –
      This will happen if we continue borrowing to pay for services we can not afford.

      3) "..1950s ... Middle-Class Americans were prospering." –
      We were both a manufacturing powerhouse and consumer driven economy with President Eisenhower, Republican, in charge.

      4) "spending all the surpluses and running massive deficits beyond anything the Democrats did." –
      ?? Please point us to a government website that shows this mythical surplus. Fact: Barry has put our country in more debt than any other president.

      5) "Obama who was simply implementing the previous administration's bailout and spend ideas" –
      When will Barry ever take responsibility for his actions, does he not have any ideas of his own?

      6) "They spend trillions more fighting wars all over the globe."-
      Barry has continued the Iraq war. He escalated the Afghanistan war by over 80,000+ soldiers, spent more money in two years than President Bush did in 7, and killed more men. Now he has started an never ending war with Libya.

      7) " they just want to toss all the poor sick and elderly Americans under a bus and give the super rich a big tax break." –
      Get real, this is probably one of your more over-the-top comments and takes away from your credibility.

      April 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Bill

      According to the data I find on America in the 1890's it was a very good era.It has been called "Beginning of America's Gilded Age"

      April 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  4. South Side

    Stand strong President Obama and Democratic leaders of Congress! Repugs want to keep their wealthy supporters happy while real Americans suffer.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks @Georg, I agree; @American; I thank you for your comment! I couldn't have said it any better. I've always felt that way and known most of it; but I'm sure I couldn't have listed it as well! LOL! @RealClear; you are right. I'd also add that we roll back those loopholes and taxcuts for the wealthy! They aren't putting that money back into the system for hiring, or building opportunities for the unemployed! They're just sitting on it! Greedy and selfish! @South Side, Right! He needs to be encouraged!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  6. Jay in NC

    Why do we trust this man to run our government. He thinks it is OK to spend over $250,000 to fly his dog to Hawaii, $2,000,000 on a date night in NY, and $1,000,000,000 to buy the presidency.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  7. Republican Shame

    So many Americans just don't really care or understand it seems. When you and your family members are sick and dying or injured and the only medical care you once had was Medicare or Medicaid, and now you have no where to go to get medical care, think of the very wealthy Republicans who were gifted huge tax kick backs and are now laughing at the poor and unfortunate they screwed out of every last dime. These greedy pig Republicans, exactly what they are, have contributed nothing, not a red cent of their own money, to bring the deficit down, they did the opposite in fact. When the chips were down they demanded more for themselves. Already obscenely wealthy they stuck out their hands and loudly and rudely demanded even more money than they already have with the last round of Bush era tax cuts. NOW, they want to take away benefits from the poor and middle working class so that they can cut out a huge trillion dollar chunk of yet more tax cuts for themselves. Is there any reason why ANY one in the middle or lower class continue to vote for these evil, greedy Republicans?

    April 6, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • Bill

      These greedy pig Republicans, exactly what they are, have contributed nothing, not a red cent of their own money, to bring the deficit down, they did the opposite in fact

      Niether have the greedy pig democrats....

      As a matter of fact it was only recently that the automatice cola raise was voted down for one year.... During all those times of soaring budget deficits .... you paid for all those salary increases and increases in heathcare costs...

      you can find all these things online using google

      Example Google search for automatic congressional pay raise.... Provides you with an article that plainly states that in 1989 this act was implemented. it has been in place that long. A republican attempted to stop that in 2009 and was stopped dead in his tracks....

      You have to call them all Greedy in that case... ESP since it was a Democratice controlled house and a split senate in March of 2009.

      April 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  8. Bill

    To all of you, how many of you make 450k per year? How many of you will get a pension of 193k? your president does
    how many of you make 174k per year and a pension of 60+k? you congressional represenataive do..

    they all get healthcare thrown in as well... not the latest all encompassing heath care either...

    you complain about the wealthy and you are willing to pay for this??????

    April 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Republican Shame; You put the truth out here so well, so clear, that even a fool ought not error! The 'Repugnants' have always been the party of the rich and wealthy. Now they've become the party of 'NO'! as well! They hate BARACK OBAMA, his wisdom and intelligence, his family, his agenda, his administration, his views, his suggestions or ideas, his genuine efforts to bring AMERICA back to her feet! They'd rather see AMERICA go to hell in a handbasket than to sit down with him and work together. It's hate!

    April 9, 2011 at 8:55 am |