Obama Says No Talks While GOP ‘Threatening To Harm Women and Children’

Says he expects to speak with congressional leaders again soon as government shutdown nears

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Charles Dharapak / AP

President Barack Obama answers a question about the looming federal government shutdown from a reporter during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Taking a hard line against congressional Republicans on the eve of a government shutdown, President Barack Obama said he won’t negotiate over budget issues while Republicans are “threatening” a shutdown that will harm voters.

“I am not only open to, but eager to have negotiations around a long term budget,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “But the only way to do that is for everybody to sit down in good faith, without threatening to harm women and veterans and children with a government shutdown.”

Obama said he is “not at all resigned” to a shutdown, which would begin at 12:01 a.m., unless the White House and congressional leaders cut a last-minute deal to continue government funding.

“I expect I will be speaking to [congressional] leaders today, tomorrow and the next day,” Obama said.

Republicans want to delay implementation of Obama’s health care reform law in exchange for keeping the government running. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated Monday that the administration considers that demand to be “extortion.”

MORE: Prez: Government Shutdown Will Not Stop Obamacare 

Zeke J Miller contributing reporting

 

71 comments
ahandout
ahandout

Obama's senior advisor, Dan Pfeiffer calls Republicans terrorists, Dirty Harry calls them anarchists, Nancy Pelosi: arsonists.

A trifecta of insanity on display.  America THIS is your government.  Mental patients belong in the institution for the mentally ill, not controlling your government or your healthcare.

sacredh
sacredh

Oh, to see the scrunched up bagger faces.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Looks like POTUS and the Senate is going to head off GOP hostage taking at the pass.  They've passed the "Pay Our Military" Act and Obama will sign it tonight.

One less hostage for Teh Crazy GOP.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sick of the f***ing Crazy.

Stomp the GOP into the ground.

TheIndependant
TheIndependant

Oh no! not the women and children! 

*reads avidly*

Huh, there didn't seem to be any mention of the women and children in the article that the headline declaimed were being threatened. There was a reference to "the voters" which I would imagine did indeed include women, some of which I do imagine have children, although children are not permitted to vote...terrible oversight that...although I remain a bit puzzled because the headline includes quotation marks around "threatening to harm women and children", indicating that he did indeed make that statement, yet that statement is not included in the body of the report. 

I'm puzzled, could it be that they left it out? Perhaps they simply ran out of keyboard space to add the quote they quoted? I'm sure there is no way that journalistic integrity would allow any one reporter, or editor to simply manufacture a quotation in order to grab attention, such a thing would be unthinkable with what we've all seen is the citadel of honest, clear, concise and honest reporting of the news that all of our organizations present to us.

Please someone shine the light of illumination here upon the darkness of my puzzlement.


fitty_three
fitty_three

Let me make a couple points to these f****ing idiot GOPers:

To negotiate things you want, you have to have leverage, otherwise, there's no incentive for us to do anything at all. 

Now tell me, besides holding the government hostage, what leverage do you have?

JamesJohn1
JamesJohn1

Ha, he had to bring in the woman, children and veterans into it. 


cloudninegirl
cloudninegirl

The only way to stop Obama and the Democrats is to shut them down.

cloudninegirl
cloudninegirl

I'm a woman and I'm not threatened at all. In fact, the only thing that threatens me is Obama and Democrats trying to control my health care. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER, EVER BEEN ABLE TO RUN SOMETHING WITHOUT TOTALLY F'ING IT UP.

reallife
reallife

ARMAGEDDON IS HERE!!!!!!

OMG

good thing I have everything I need including my AR 15

I see the hordes on the street already!

omg


TAKE COVER!!!!


lol




ChasHolman
ChasHolman

To show how bad Obama-care is for the nation, the GOP is willing to torch the country to ash at a time of economic recovery to illustrate their point about how much Obama-care would hurt us. 


Have you seen what their insecurities are doing to the WORLD markets? If we give them another year like they want, we will all be dead and buried. 

Strategically genius, just genius (all sarcasm intend)

ahandout
ahandout

Same old tired Democrat tactics.  Call names, women and children are going to die, people will starve in the streets, unless the Democrats get everything that they want.

sacredh
sacredh

, how about you fitty? Did you find out today? 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TheIndependant 

What is the definition of "health"?

What best describes the condition of not having it? 

That should straighten out your problem. 

Don't touch my f***ing health care, arsebite.

fitty_three
fitty_three

...and that, ladies and gentlemen, sums the situation up nicely.  The proof is in the pudding.

jsfox
jsfox

@cloudninegirl I like to see someone who lives up to their screen name. If you think shutting down the government is a winner for the Republicans you actually do live on cloud nine

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@cloudninegirl You mean as opposed to providing an agenda an average voter would consider beneficial? And they you wonder why you lose national elections.

j45ashton
j45ashton

@cloudninegirl Laugh riot.  Shut the gov't down & you'll empower the Obama & the Dems even more in round 2 & 3.  See, lady, the problem is...when you're wrong, you're wrong and there's no real way to turn to get out.

jsfox
jsfox

@cloudninegirl Explain to me in detail how PPACA/Obamacare controls your healthcare? Thanks. I await your response

MrObvious
MrObvious

@cloudninegirl 

Who's trying to control your health care?

You still get your healthcare from for profit healthcare providers and you get insurance through for profit insurance companies. Seems you're going to have to get mad at for profit companies if something is run poorly.

jmac
jmac

@cloudninegirl  "THE GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER, EVER BEEN ABLE TO RUN SOMETHING WITHOUT TOTALLY F'ING IT UP. "

The Government gave me health care all my life.  Father career Army; Husband career Air Force.  Lucky lucky me. 

The Government also gave us a very secure social security program that has kept a lot of our elderly out of poverty. 

The Government gave us a public school system that worked fine until Republicans decided public school should be for-profit business schemes because they don't want to pay taxes.  


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@cloudninegirl Take it up with the GOP. They are the ones who want to probe you with an ultrasound wand if you even mention abortion.

TheIndependant
TheIndependant

@cloudninegirl Medicade, Medicare, Social security, interstate highways, public education, military survivor benefits, FDIC, EPA....shall I continue? One can obviously see that everyone of these efforts has been a disaster since day one, why my great grandmother would have been perfectly happy in her cardboard box munching on a box of dog food after my grandfather died if not for the damned government messing with things and forcing her to live on things like medical care, food to eat, a home to live in, money to pay bills with...You're right! The Government intrusion into our right to suffer and die needlessly must end NOW!

j45ashton
j45ashton

@cloudninegirl Go to Texas, lady.  That's where you'll see real healthcare intrusion by the GOP legislature & Rick Perry.

jason024
jason024

@cloudninegirl You better get back on those meds....making broad brushed statements don't do you any good.

TheIndependant
TheIndependant

@reallife It is the Zombie Apocalypse! I've my .45 in my trembling hands, for I see what you mean! The mindless Zombies are everywhere, I never believed it could really happen, then one day...one day I came here and read the posts. 

The Mindless Zombies are upon us!

j45ashton
j45ashton

@ahandout Are you kidding.  The GOP is filled with instant fear-mongers.  They're liars, exaggerators, propagandizers, name inventors, name callers.  And over the past 6 years they've compromised on next to nothing.  As I recall, Geo W Bush was the original my way or the highway guy.  Better get new glasses & new hearing aid.  You've got your parties switched.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout 
Same old 'winger tactics. Make sure that only poor, women, minorities and children are hurt.

And same old 'winger ignorance; ignorant how a representative democracy works.

jason024
jason024

@ahandout Funny because that is what the GOP is doing in their criticism of the ACA

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

I'm good. Some federally funded projects won't get paid, but our delivery dates are a ways away.

So no impact.

TheIndependant
TheIndependant

@fitty_three @TheIndependant I'm sorry, you are apparently commenting upon something you've fantasized that I said without actually reading or comprehending my post. 

I'm reasonably certian that I never mentioned health, nor attempted to define it, although it really should not actually need a lawyer type definition, nor should it's absence, outside of the medical realm require a definition of it's non-existence. 

Be that as it may, I've no interest in "touching" your health care, nor affecting in any way how you obtain said heath care. 

There does seem to an additional bit of confusion here sir, as my screen name is not arsebite, but I instead go by TheIndependant, perhaps you should take a moment and parse that.

ahandout
ahandout

@jmac @cloudninegirl  The government "gave you"?  Your husband didn't earn it?  You don't think much of your hubby.

SS, your hubby didn't pay into it?

Public schools are the realm of the democrats.  They churn out ignorant, low information voters for the party. 

ahandout
ahandout

@j45ashton @ahandout  The Democrats in California have used this tactic for decades.  Whenever their is a proposed cut to the INCREASE in government spending they go insane: people will die, police will be fired, firefighters, nurses, teachers...do it for THE CHILDREN!

Democrats are bizarre, crazy people.  They cannot win on the truth so they lie, lie, lie.  And when they get caught they lie some more.  Gray Davis was recalled for his lies.  Obama puts him to shame.   If his lips are moving, he's lying. 

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@MrObvious  "Let me guess, you're a libertarian."

Well he's certainly not a librarian. He can't even read.

“I am not only open to, but eager to have negotiations around a long term budget,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “But the only way to do that is for everybody to sit down in good faith, without threatening to harm women and veterans and children with a government shutdown.” [emphasis mine]

ahandout
ahandout

@j45ashton @ahandout The GOP has fought to try and keep the Democrats from bankrupting California, but the takers are lined up at the Democrats feeding trough. 

Here's an example: DiFi's hubby gets $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno.

Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband wins CA rail contract -

http://calwatchdog.com/2013/04/26/se-diane-feinsteins-husband-wins-ca-rail-contract/#sthash.rZEDg9Sv.dpuf

It's only a measley $trillion. 

j45ashton
j45ashton

@ahandout @j45ashton Yeah, poor you.  And the GOP doesn't exaggerate, demagogue & spin.  Maybe you have a bridge you'd like to try & sell me.

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @reallife People have been suffering under Obama for 5 years.  Don't act like you care.

This Democrat BS of "do it for the children" has been a joke in California for decades.  They do it every election and dumb, low information voter fall for it every time.