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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:49 PM
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Obama To Boehner: 'I Expect An Answer In The Morning'

Obama To Boehner: 'I Expect An Answer In The Morning'

David Kurtz

In brief remarks to the press carried live on national TV, President Obama said he and Speaker Boehner had narrowed the issues and made progress since yesterday on the budget negotiations. But given where things stand and the rocky road to get to this point, "I'm not yet prepared to express wild optimism," Obama said.

Obama said he expects a final answer in the morning and hopes to be able to announce a deal publicly early Friday.


TPM: No Deal! Clock Ticks As Government Shutdown Looms

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Obama emerged from the talks less than enthusiastic.

"I'm not prepared yet to express wild optimism," he told reporters. "I think we were further along today than we were yesterday."

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"I expect an answer in the morning," Obama said. "My hope is that I would be able to announce to the American people very early in the day that a government shutdown has been avoided. That's what I hope to be able to announce tomorrow, but there's no certainty yet."

Obama also issued a last-ditch warning about the impact a shutdown would have on the economy's fragile recovery.

"Our nation's top economists have said the economic damage from a government shutdown would mount very quickly," he said. "We've been working very hard to get this economy back on its feet...for us to go backwards because Washington couldn't get its act together is unacceptable."


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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:52 PM
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1. .... or get off the pot Speaker Boehner (my words)
Give em hell Mr President
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:26 PM
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2. For those who keep pushing the false meme that Pres. Obama & Democrats are "folding" -->
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 10:29 PM by ClarkUSA
But Mr. Obama said he told the two Congressional leaders that the preparations for an orderly shutdown had already begun and that he expected an answer from them Friday morning about whether they could reach a deal.

"My hope is that I will be able to announce to the American people sometime early in the day that a shutdown has been averted," he said.

Mr. Reid said that Republicans had drawn a line in the sand on issues of abortion financing and changes to the Clean Air Act, and that those issues could not be resolved in the hours left before a government shutdown.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/us/politics/08fiscal....


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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:32 PM
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3. Hopefully President Obama and the Dems
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 10:32 PM by Proud Liberal Dem
have "drawn a line in the sand" on those (and other) issues as well. Though I can't see them agreeing to accept any of the major ones that have been heavily publicized.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:40 PM
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5. If it comes to a shutdown, teabaggers will be thrilled and the economy will nosedive.
Republicans will be blamed by the general public but will be heros to their base. The WH and Congressional Democrats are standing firm in the face of that reality.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:52 PM
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6. As well they should!
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 10:53 PM by Proud Liberal Dem
Republicans have learned nothing from 1995-1996 (at least those who were present-like Boehner). :banghead:
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 06:15 PM
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21. Past experience would indicate
that the president and the Democrats did indeed cave over to republican demands again and again, that they cut the budget over and over after the republicans continued to walk away from their promises to agree. And finally, it went too far. Most of the Democrats know that if they completely cut Planned Parenthood, they would face primary challenges. But, I think we will find that the cuts the republicans got were very much one sided. I know everyone is concentrating on the Planned Parenthood issue, but there are hundreds of issues that the budget will cover. Let's see how NPR, education (other than more testing and privatization) and a host of other progressive issues fare in the coming budget.

I could foresee a false issue thrown up by the whole congress. At the last moment, the republicans concede on Planned Parenthood. Democrats celebrate, have parties, pat each other on the back. Then they wake up in to morning to see the budget cuts the republicans got. "Winning" with Planned Parenthood would give good cover to a Democratic party that gave away the store in the initial negotiations.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:39 PM
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4. We wouldn't have had this problem if the majority passed the budget last yr.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:10 AM
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8. The Republicans filibustered in the lame duck and demanded it be put off until next year
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 12:11 AM by Hippo_Tron
And besides we would be having this problem, just around the start of FY 2012 later this year.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:12 PM
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18. The government's fiscal year is October 1st.
It should have been resolved by then.

The lame duck dealt with the expiration of an earlier short-term CR. They could have moved the funding bills well before the election.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:17 PM
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20. Congress regularly puts it off until after the end of the fiscal year, particularly in election year
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:12 PM
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15. McConnell killed it in the Senate last year.
BLAME HIM.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:00 PM
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7. I called Boner's office earlier today. They are very defensive about this.
They kept saying that Boner didn't want a shut down. Then tell him to compromise!
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Bravo Zulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 01:28 AM
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9. boner to Obama"you're making me weep!"
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 01:40 AM by Bravo Zulu
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GOTV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 08:46 AM
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10. Obama is still hoping for cooperation from those whose top priority is making him fail
It doesn't speak well of Obama.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 08:56 AM
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11. Actually it speaks very well of him IMHO
He is being the "adult" here and people know it. It's the teabaggers and their Repub panderers whom will be in political trouble. The Repubs are starting to fracture over the riders, so as long as everybody hangs tight, well win this fight and come out looking better IMHO.
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GOTV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 11:46 AM
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14. I don't see it that way. If you're out to hurt me, I'm not interested in your ideas.
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Inuca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:16 PM
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16. OK... an tehn what?
In practical terms, and assuming that you are just interested in purity of thought but in actually getting something done, even if the something in question is less than perfect, what exactly would you do after the catarthic "go to hell"?
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:30 PM
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19. Out to hurt you?
What did I say? :shrug:
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midnight armadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:36 PM
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22. Being an "adult" doesn't win political battles
Obama's vaunted political skills seem to come up short in every fight with the GOP.
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BklnDem75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:56 AM
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12. Please tell me...
How is this budget going to get passed without cooperation from both parties? It really doesn't help to just complain for the sake of complaining.
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GOTV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 11:45 AM
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13. How does a robbery happen without the cooperation of both parties?
One party is beaten by the other party. You want to call that cooperation, go ahead.
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BklnDem75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:24 PM
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17. Make more sense please?
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