April 7th, 2011
10:13 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama made another late night appearance in the White House Briefing Room after his second meeting of the day with Congressional leaders.
The president said while additional progress had been made in the budet talks and their differences have been "narrowed," there are a few unresolved and outstanding issues.
"I'm not yet prepared to express wild optimism," the president said to reporters, "but I think we are further along today than we were yesterday."
Obama said he expects to hear from Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader in the morning.
"Because the machinery of the shutdown is necessarily starting to move, I expect an answer in the morning, and my hope is that I'll be able to announce to the American people sometime relative early in the day that a shutdown has been averted," he said.
The White House announced late Thursday that his trip to Indianapolis to tour a hybrid transmission factory Friday has been postponed.