April 8th, 2011
01:45 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama’s emergency budget meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lasted for 50 to 55 minutes according to a top White House aide, before ending without an agreement.
The official described the tone of the Oval Office meeting as “serious, focused and candid.”
In recent White House budget negotiations President Obama and Vice President Biden would at times dismiss advisers and aides in order to have direct talks with the two Congressional leaders, but Thursday night was different according to a senior administration official.
The official said White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Vice President Biden's Chief of Staff Bruce Reed, OMB Director Jack Lew, Director of Legislative Affairs Rob Nabors, along with Boehner's Chief of Staff Barry Jackson and David Krone, Reid's Chief of Staff were in the Oval for the entire meeting.
As he did after Wednesday's late night session, President Obama made brief remarks to reporters who had hastily gathered in the briefing room.
"I wanted to report again to the American people that we made some additional progress this evening," the president said.
"Those differences have been narrowed."
Mr. Obama said staff would work overnight to try and bridge those differences.
While he sounded hopeful the president stressed that those outstanding issues were "difficult" and "important to both sides."
"So I’m not yet prepared to express wild optimism."
As the clock winds down to a Friday midnight federal government shutdown, the president postponed Friday's trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
The visit was to have been part of a recent push by the president to highlight his energy policy.