Obama accused Republicans of political grandstanding, when his own party produced no budget at all – a clear obligation of Congress. On April 15th, 2010, a budget should have been passed. The Democrat Congress didn’t even bother to put one down on paper. The short story of tonight’s White House meeting with Obama, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is, there is no deal.
OBAMA: [Paraphrased] We discussed the impasse we are at. They discussed and clarified the problems. If they are serious, they will get it done. People have to recognize that a government shutdown has real consequences for real people, and then he told one of his patronizing stories – the kind he tells on the campaign trail, about a man who is counting on his tax rebate, and won’t get it if the government shuts-down.
The “folks” are going to work through the night, he said. I’ll check in in the morning and if we need to we’ll get back together. Blah, blah, blah.
It could not be a more shameful performance, at such a dire time, from the leader of the free world.
REID [paraphrased]: We had an honest meeting.We narrowed issues significantly. I have confidence we can get this down. Hope lies eternal.
BOEHNER [paraphrased]: No one wants the government to shutdown. We’ll keep working through the night and tomorrow.