Breaking: Obama invites Congressional leaders to WH shutdown summit

posted at 11:43 am on October 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe Chris Christie’s criticism stung a little more than imagined.  After sitting on the sidelines for weeks, Barack Obama has finally called a meeting to resolve the budget standoff:

A White House official says President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday for a meeting on the government shutdown.

The official says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been invited to the meeting. The official says Obama will urge the House to pass a spending bill to allow the government to reopen.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 this afternoon, according to a number of news reports:

Old and busted: Obama refuses to negotiate with bomb-strapping, gun-pointing legislators. New hotness: Time to talk about budgets, now that the media is … focusing on the White House’s efforts to keep nonagenarians from accessing public memorials?  The White House will probably point to this story instead:

The U.S. Army’s chief of staff on Wednesday urged a rapid resolution of a funding row that has led to a government shutdown, saying it was significantly harming the army’s day-to-day operations.

General Ray Odierno said the shutdown, the first in 17 years, “impacts significantly day-to-day operations”, forcing the military to cut training, travel and focus on tasks that were essential to current operations.

“The longer it goes on, the worse it gets. Every day that goes by, we are losing manpower, we are losing capability, so in my mind it is important we get this resolved,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview from Germany, where he was attending a conference.

Don’t bet on that being the reason, though. The executive branch’s handling of the shutdown has been a disaster, as has been the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges.  They need to win a messaging cycle badly now, and one way of doing that is to broker a fix on funding the government — perhaps even with a concession on Congressional exemptions to ObamaCare, if not an agreement on a repeal of the highly-unpopular medical device tax. If nothing else, Obama may wrangle a one-week clean CR from Reid in order to dial down the bad press.

Update: Boehner declares victory:

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck released a statement welcoming the invite: “We’re pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible. It’s unclear why we’d be having this meeting if it’s not meant to be a start to serious talks between the two parties.”

We’ll see.

Update: Congressional Democrats will hold pressers today, but …

Stealing thunder, etc etc.

Update: The Washington Examiner offers a headline that pretty much explains why the White House is in retreat now: “Shutdown overreach: More guards at WWII memorial than Benghazi; Park Service closes park it doesn’t run.” Truly mind-boggling incompetence.


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I wonder if received bad internal numbers?

Oil Can on October 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Obama hates vets.

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

MeanWhile,…………………………………………..

US government shutdown impact 2013

Spokesman for Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on White House meeting: ‘We’re pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible. It’s unclear why we’d be having this meeting if it’s not meant to be a start to serious talks between the two parties’ – statement via @NBCNews

59 secs ago by editor

canopfor on October 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Blink.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

@oil can

that was my first thought too!

johnnyboy on October 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Stand strong…..

ouldbollix on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

If the Repubs hang tough, Obammy will cave. DON’T buckle, Republicans!

NavyMustang on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Obama’s opening words, “I won.”

Dexter_Alarius on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Obama is going to issue a fatwa on the Republicans.

albill on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

whats frustrating is I have TONS of liberal friends on facebook who are crying like its the end of the world…

and even some that are furloughed! hahah.. I just laugh and say “welcome to the private sector 2008, bitches”

johnnyboy on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

It’s a trap…

PatriotRider on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

By the time of tonight’s national TV news programs, some low-level white, liberal male WH staffer will be put on paid leave for three months for taking it on himself to direct the Parks service to close the WW II monument.

Obama didn’t know nuthin’ about nuthin’.

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

@oil can

that was my first thought too!

johnnyboy on October 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The WWII memorial fiasco backfired on them.

WisRich on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

“You get nothing. I get that for free.”

If Boehner had a pair, he’d open with that.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I wonder if received bad internal numbers?

Oil Can on October 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

This is the most likely reason. I suspect the failure of the Obamacare rollout and the horrible optics of the memorial closures have badly harmed his poll numbers.

Doomberg on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

choreogrpahy

crrr6 on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Yet another sign that we’re winning, if only Boehner sticks to his guns.

Then again, if I were even slightly unconvinced that momentum has swung our way, the last of my doubts would be shredded by the fact that trolls from way back have suddenly climbed out of the woodwork.

Is this situation so dire for the administration that Barry’s 50 cent army from 2012 really needed calling up?

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Me thinks, after the Dems sucker the GOP in, to see Hopey,
small talk will go nowhere,..

….and Team GOP will walk out!!

Thats gonna be the MSM Proxy/Lib WH Perception/Deception
Mission,of hi-Jacking the narrative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

So ordering the barricades and mounted police against 90 year old war vets wasn’t the best Plan A?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Oh Boy:

US government shutdown impact 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas: ‘President Obama is so fixated on forcing Obamacare on the American people that he’s even willing to deny World War II veterans the right to access the memorial they have earned through their heroic service’ – statement via @NBCNews

2 mins ago by editor

canopfor on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

no way to refuse the meeting but they should insist it be private. 0bama wants camera time and to be able to make the congressional leaders looks small while he lectures and scolds.

chasdal on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Lucifer has compelled me…
-Obama, the rat eared basterd dog eater.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Hmm, how would this meeting likely go?

Obama: Thanks for coming. As I’ve said in the past, there will be no negotiations, no compromises. Elections have consequences, and I won. This goes for the debt ceiling too.

Pass a clean funding bill that gives me what I want, because I won. It is my destiny to fundamentally change this country – and you will not stop me. I will crush you and anyone else who dares to oppose me or the will of the American people. Don’t **** with me, I won.

Don’t touch the danish, go back to the Hill, and pass me my go***mned bill. I’ve got to run, have a 30 minute call scheduled with the President of Iran.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

General Ray Odierno said the shutdown, the first in 17 years, “impacts significantly day-to-day operations”, forcing the military to cut training, travel and focus on tasks that were essential to current operations.

Sure. That would have been so unpredictable.

Q: (As Obama leaves the room) Is the Asia trip back on for four stops?

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Everytime he has ordered Republicans to a “summit” it’s always been a trap.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Obama negotiates in good faith like the Supreme Leader of Iran does.

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Obama hates vets.

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

So do the Dogs Obama eats.

portlandon on October 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Obama has spent more time with the president of Iran (Obama’s boo)than with Republican leadership.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

(non-porn daydream fantasy) Republicans get a ‘Putin/Syria’ moment, as Obama blinks?

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

It’s a trap…

PatriotRider on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

PatriotRider:Yup,…thats my guess too:)

canopfor on October 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Obama’s problem is that he’s offered no concessions. The media can only cover your azz for so long before people start asking what Obama has actually offered to end the standoff.

crrr6 on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas: ‘President Obama is so fixated on forcing Obamacare on the American people that he’s even willing to deny World War II veterans the right to access the memorial they have earned through their heroic service’ – statement via @NBCNews

canopfor on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Way to lose the moral high ground, Ted. This is no better than Reid’s pusillanimous statement blaming Republicans. Some people don’t know when not to say anything.

Politics 101: When your opponent is digging a hole, let them keep digging.

KingGold on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

choreogrpahy

crrr6 on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Danny Kaye/White Christmas reference!

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

This is the most likely reason. I suspect the failure of the Obamacare rollout and the horrible optics of the memorial closures have badly harmed his poll numbers.

Doomberg on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Perhaps the Obamacare “glitchs” were more than “glitchs”. Sebelous is telling Obama “Um, yeah, I’d take that one year delay offer after what we saw yesterday”.

WisRich on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

What, so he can spit in their faces?

Show up with a big bag of nothing!

Cave and it will be the last thing you do as a sorry excuse for a Congressman.

Meople on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

LMAO!!! Boehner declares victory!!

I didn’t know the mission was to get invited to the WH for a fag and booze! If that was the case, I could have made phone calls for Boehner!

What was the mission again? When is Obamacare getting repealed? Defunded? or even Delayed?

I bet you guys will claim victories too…suckers! If that’s all Obama had to do for you guys to be happy, this could have been much less dramatic! 21 hrs cruz! for a WH invite? LMAO1

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The terrible optics have 0 freaked. He is a coward as are those minions sent here to defend him.

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Obama will double down and insult the Republicans. This how Obama has historically opened “negotiations.”
It assures an impasse and he loves to further discord and rancor.

Obama operates like a vicious, vindictive seventh grade girl.

marybel on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos 12m
If Democrats capitulate, it’ll be 2010 all over again (link redacted) So far, no signs of that……

Could we say that Moulitsas has had “a vision”?

Rovin on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

This is the most likely reason. I suspect the failure of the Obamacare rollout and the horrible optics of the memorial closures have badly harmed his poll numbers.

Doomberg on October 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

What he really wanted was for the House GOP to look so bad that they’d give in and he’d have his victory. If he’s even giving the appearance of being willing to negotiate it means his polling is so bad it’s over coming his NPD.

PetecminMd on October 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You run your piehole an awful lot around here yet you say little. Offer up something tangible.

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Way to lose the moral high ground, Ted. This is no better than Reid’s pusillanimous statement blaming Republicans. Some people don’t know when not to say anything.

Politics 101: When your opponent is digging a hole, let them keep digging.

KingGold on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

huh??? what’s wrong w/ Cruz issuing a statement calling attention to 0bama trying to block access to a WW2 memorial by vets who have been planning the trips for up to a year?

chasdal on October 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Obama probably just wants the opportunity to call Boehner a terrorist leader and anarchist to his face.

supernova on October 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Love me them vets even moar!

Thin-skinned POTUS has been made fully aware of the negative optics of his tantrums. But, lapdogs will allow the WH to spin: “We ‘shamed’ the evil Repubs to the table”

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

“I want to go line by line through every item in the federal budget and eliminate programs that don’t work, and make sure that those that do work, work better and cheaper…”

- Barack Obama, 2008

It’s time to do exactly what Obama promised 5 years ago.

It’s time to go line by line through every item in the federal budget and:
1) Eliminate programs that don’t work, and
2) Make sure that those that do work, work better and cheaper.

It’s not time to just keep up the same-old, same-old and pass a continuing resolution that just keeps overspending on all existing government programs and adding trillions of dollars in new debt.

Keep in mind that when Obama and his fellow Democrats took majority control of Congress on January 3, 2007, they inherited a FY 2007 budget from the Republicans which featured an annual deficit less than $161 Billion, and a total gross federal debt that was 64.6% of GDP at end of Fiscal Year 2007. (By the way, that was a smaller percentage of GDP than the debt than the debt the Republicans inherited from the Democrats back in FY 1995, when the total gross federal debt was 67% of GDP at end of Fiscal Year 1995.)

Now, after 6 straight Fiscal Years of Democrat majority control of the budgeting and appropriations processs, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimates that the total gross federal debt is now 106.5% of GDP.

Data Source: Table 7.1—Federal Debt at the End of Year: 1940–2018

It is long past time to:

go line by line through every item in the federal budget and eliminate programs that don’t work, and make sure that those that do work, work better and cheaper…”

How could Obama realistically criticize Republicans in the House for doing exactly what Obama himself promised to do?

ITguy on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

and Hot Air, I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets (not claiming it’s not true) on non-conservative blogs i.e. your link is to another HA article and twitter pics.

The way you link this development as if the WH is reading conservative blogs for its next orders is a bit ….pompous don’t you think? 1K comments is a milestone for you….just saying.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

LMAO!!! Boehner declares victory!!

I didn’t know the mission was to get invited to the WH for a fag and booze! If that was the case, I could have made phone calls for Boehner!

What was the mission again? When is Obamacare getting repealed? Defunded? or even Delayed?

I bet you guys will claim victories too…suckers! If that’s all Obama had to do for you guys to be happy, this could have been much less dramatic! 21 hrs cruz! for a WH invite? LMAO1

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

And I thought Obama refused to negotiate? What happened to that?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

LMAO!!! Boehner declares victory!!

I didn’t know the mission was to get invited to the WH for a fag and booze! If that was the case, I could have made phone calls for Boehner!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You run a sodomite call guy service?

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The meeting will take place at 5:30 this afternoon

Boehner/McConnell show @ 5:50?

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I am afraid that whatever the Republicans do it will backfire.

alanstern on October 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

So, I take it you got the short straw for this thread.

Enjoy your time in the barrel.

Today is not a good day for you idiot trolls.

cozmo on October 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

KingGold on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

You will learn to love and admire Cruz in time.

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

He’ll do nothing more than reiterate his position – that O’care not be touched – and tell the two sides to find a solution to the problem.

Ooooooh what leadership!

Hill60 on October 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Obama’s opening words, “I won.”

Dexter_Alarius on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yes. Please let this be so.

BobMbx on October 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

just saying.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Just saying what exactly?

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

and Hot Air, I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets (not claiming it’s not true) on non-conservative blogs i.e. your link is to another HA article and twitter pics.

The way you link this development as if the WH is reading conservative blogs for its next orders is a bit ….pompous don’t you think? 1K comments is a milestone for you….just saying.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The Dept of the Interior works for Obama, FYI.

Here is a cartoon about our 3 branches of government

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

And I thought Obama refused to negotiate? What happened to that?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Only until obama declared Republicans terrorists was he able to consider meeting with them.

oceansidecon on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Boehner and McConnell should confirm that he’s ready to negotiate and if he’s not then don’t meet with him. The Republicans must be as brutal as the left if they are to succeed.

rplat on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Obama probably just wants the opportunity to call Boehner a terrorist leader and anarchist to his face.
supernova on October 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

His “summits” have always consisted of publicly berating Republicans for the media.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Obama hates vets.

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Yes, he does….they represent the worst aspects of this nation, of which Bammy and Moochelle are not proud.

hawkeye54 on October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Perhaps Obama and Reid were playing the party of stupid all along. Think about it. What is it that the party of stupid is asking for? A delay in implementing Ocare. That actually plays in the Dems favor. They get a year to try and fix all the Ocare problems and probably feel the Repubs have lessened their chances of 2014 mass victories because of the shutdown. A win win for the rats

neyney on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

*****BREAKING*****

FAA closes American airspace; threatens to arrest anyone who looks up

BobMbx on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Boehner and McConnell should confirm that he’s ready to negotiate and if he’s not then don’t meet with him.
rplat on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Indeed.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The last 24 hours have been a disaster for the White House. They need to change the narrative. If nothing comes out of this meeting, then they can go back to blaming the GOP. “We tried to work something out with them, and look what happened!” That’s much more sellable than “Won’t! Won’t! Won’t!” which is where they’ve been.

Chris of Rights on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

You run your piehole an awful lot around here yet you say little. Offer up something tangible.

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

like what exactly? Asking you guys to call your congressmen and tell them that instead of all or nothing, to

- Genuinely go to the table to FIX Obamacare, instead of defunding it?

- To stop this shut down this actually ADDING to the deficit?

….lie what Bmore? Tell me what would you be willing to work on that doesn’t ask 2 out 3 branches of government to kill the biggest piece of legislation that MANY OF THOSE SAME GUYS WHO ARE STILL THERE passed in the last 70 yrs?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

rplat on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

No, they need to show up. Barrycader in chief could reverse the bad optics if they don’t.

cozmo on October 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

*****BREAKING*****

FAA closes American airspace; threatens to arrest anyone who looks up

BobMbx on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

LMAO!! Good one!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

like what exactly? Asking you guys to call your congressmen and tell them that instead of all or nothing, to

- Genuinely go to the table to FIX Obamacare, instead of defunding it?

- To stop this shut down this actually ADDING to the deficit?

….lie what Bmore? Tell me what would you be willing to work on that doesn’t ask 2 out 3 branches of government to kill the biggest piece of legislation that MANY OF THOSE SAME GUYS WHO ARE STILL THERE passed in the last 70 yrs?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Obama refused to negotiate on the budget, remember?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

*****BREAKING*****

FAA closes American airspace; threatens to arrest anyone who looks up

BobMbx on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

*****BREAKING*****

EPA shuts down oxygen, breathers subject to arrest.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

You run a sodomite call guy service?

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

a meant fag as in cigarette….you never traveled outside the US have you?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Memo to Boehner: Bring cameras.

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obama probably just wants the opportunity to call Boehner a terrorist leader and anarchist to his face.
supernova on October 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

His “summits” have always consisted of publicly berating Republicans for the media.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

And this one will be no different. Bammy, “What part of ‘IT IS THE LAW’ don’t you terrorists and extremists understand?” “Obey or there WILL be consequences, know what I’m sayin’?”

hawkeye54 on October 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

remember?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Of course not.

cozmo on October 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

- Genuinely go to the table to FIX Obamacare, instead of defunding it?

The only “fix” is repeal…

sandee on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The problem now that they backed away from defunding is that their starting point is a 1 year delay. What are they going to negotiate that down to? 6 months (which he needs) and repeal of the medical device tax (which they want).

Truely pathetic.

WisRich on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Their total sense of media invulnerability and natural Leftist thuggery hit a wall at the WWII memorial. That was it. The fact they couldn’t see what would happen and even tried to double down was partly “incompetence”, but it was really their natural aggressive malice to get their way no matter what.

rrpjr on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

You run a sodomite call guy service?

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

a meant fag as in cigarette….you never traveled outside the US have you?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Completely different and offensive word here. You don’t travel much in the US do you?

WitchDoctor on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Obama refused to negotiate on the budget, remember?

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I remember him saying he didn’t want to cut spending, and then we had the sequester… So this is payback time? I thought this was Obamacare which already have ppl signed up to it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

He is just going to remind them what the NSA has on all of them. It is not a negotiation so much as a shake down.

astonerii on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

think he’ll try that about pitchforks and torches again? worked on the bankers,

chasdal on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets
Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Reading is hard.
Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans’ request and rejected it

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

a meant fag as in cigarette….you never traveled outside the US have you?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Does it matter? You’re still a poof.

sentinelrules on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Costa continuing his recent trend of blowing open the left’s strategy…

Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO 5m

R mindmeld, just so you know: Obama is hold mtg to act like he’s trying to solve shutdown, bringing people together

Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO 4m

But Rs don’t buy it, think he’s actually priv urging Reid to hold strong and break Rs, and help him win blame game as shutdown continues

Perhaps should be bleeding obvious as it’s Barky’s standard M.O… Let’s just hope it’s just as obvious to Boehner and he holds strong.

There’s one side passing CRs to fund the government and solve this, and another side consistently seen as rejecting all. Left thinks it’s justified to the point it hasn’t even gotten a lot of media spin… they think the continued Senate refusals don’t need to be spun. Really, it’s nearly as bad of an optic as declaring war on thousands of octogenarian military veterans.

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

…and Hot Air, I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets (not claiming it’s not true) on non-conservative blogs i.e. your link is to another HA article and twitter pics. The way you link this development as if the WH is reading conservative blogs for its next orders is a bit ….pompous don’t you think? 1K comments is a milestone for you….just saying.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Why oh why would a non-conservative blog post anything about the WH denying access eh?

Does your brain even work???

This is your pathetic argument???

Scrumpy on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

The sequester was your boy, the sodomite in chief’s idea, you feckless idiot.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I remember him saying he didn’t want to cut spending, and then we had the sequester… So this is payback time? I thought this was Obamacare which already have ppl signed up to it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Sequester was Obama’s idea.

sentinelrules on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Completely different and offensive word here. You don’t travel much in the US do you?

WitchDoctor on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

It is only offensive to people who enjoy having their shit packed tight. The rest of us consider it appropriate to call a spade a spade. I have no respect for people who live lives entirely based on their degenerate behaviors.

astonerii on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Memo to Boehner: Bring cameras.

socalcon on October 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I don’t believe cameras are allowed for the GOP in the presence of TEH WON…..unless they used to capture Republicans bowing down at Bammy’s feet in awe and submission.

hawkeye54 on October 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The narcissist in chief’s bluff’s finally been called, and he suddenly shake’s like a puppy trying to pass a peach pit. Time for the C-span cameras. Should be right behind the GOP. I wouldn’t step around the corner with this shyster much less behind a closed door.

onomo on October 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

like what exactly? Asking you guys to call your congressmen and tell them that instead of all or nothing, to

- Genuinely go to the table to FIX Obamacare, instead of defunding it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Your side tried to force this crap sandwich down everyone’s throats.

It’s not our responsibility to help you losers slather it in mayo and Grey Poupon to make it more palatable.

PetecminMd on October 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I remember him saying he didn’t want to cut spending, and then we had the sequester… So this is payback time? I thought this was Obamacare which already have ppl signed up to it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

your intellectual dishonesty is showing. 0bama has been very vocal and clear that its his way or nothing.

chasdal on October 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets
Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Reading is hard, part 2.

Park Service says Obama admin ordered closure of World War II Memorial

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I haven’t seen the story of WH denying access to vets
Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Reading is hard.

whatcat on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

But ignorance is easy.

He is ignoring everything that doesn’t support his delusions.

cozmo on October 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I remember him saying he didn’t want to cut spending, and then we had the sequester… So this is payback time? I thought this was Obamacare which already have ppl signed up to it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Focus, child. We’re not talking about a year ago

Are you honestly saying you have no knowledge of Obama refusing to negotiate on the budget????

Chuck Schick on October 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos 12m
If Democrats capitulate, it’ll be 2010 all over again (link redacted) So far, no signs of that……

Could we say that Moulitsas has had “a vision”?

Rovin on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Actually I would say just the opposite. Obstinate Democrats only piss more people off.

NotCoach on October 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

And why do we think Boehner will accomplish anything remotely useful?

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/10/01/Boehner-Advocated-Privately-For-Hill-Health-Subsidies-He-Claims-to-Oppose

Firefly_76 on October 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Interviewed from Germany?

Maybe we shouldn’t still have troops stationed in Germany.

p0s3r on October 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Completely different and offensive word here. You don’t travel much in the US do you?

WitchDoctor on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Obviously I’m not from where you are. So things that are offensive to you, are not here. This is pretty common reference in Europe…just saying that it’s what you thought it was.

- Genuinely go to the table to FIX Obamacare, instead of defunding it?

The only “fix” is repeal…

sandee on October 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Thank you for being honest sandee, I truly respect that. I hope you agree this is not negotiable to the left, especially at this point. So what came first, your impossible demand? or the left’s impossible surrender?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Don’t worry, the people organizing the government shutdown and the Barry-cades are going to be delivering you and your family your health care.

Viator on October 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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