“we’re going to keep on pounding away at this thing”

Pictured from left are Press Secretary Jay Carney, Chief of Staff William Daley, Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

ABC: President Obama touted a “productive meeting” at the White House Wednesday evening with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on negotiations to avert a government shutdown – but there’s no deal yet.

“I thought the meetings were frank, they were constructive,” Obama said, adding that the discussions helped focus the issues at hand.

Both Reid and Boehner expressed hope that a deal could be reached, with Reid seconding Obama’s notion that the “honest” meeting “narrowed the issues considerably”.

Obama, meeting with the congressional leaders for a second day in a row, suggested he would keep the pressure on both sides to negotiate a plan to keep the government running before funding dries up on midnight Friday evening.

“My expectation is that folks will work through the night,” Obama said. “If we haven’t made progress [by morning], we’re going to go at it again.”

“There is no reason we should not be able to complete a deal,” Obama added. “I want to meet the expectations of the American people in terms of delivering with them.”

…”A shutdown could have real consequences for real people,” Obama said. “There are ramifications all across this economy and at a time when the economy is still coming out of a very deep recession, it would be inexcusable” to have a government shutdown.

21 Responses to ““we’re going to keep on pounding away at this thing””

  1. April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    This poor guy. What a long day for him.

    • 2 dotster
      April 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      I don’t know how he does it. I have always marveled at his long, jam-packed days. And it’s not normal busy. He has to be all kinds of wonderful every minute, every meeting, every event—persuasive, eloquent, impressive, personable etc. etc. And he pulls it off each and every time. He just seems to have limitless energy. He’s unbelievable.

  2. 3 M
    April 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Has any President ever worked as hard? He is amazing! Talking to reporters at this hour? GW Would have already been asleep for several hours already!

  3. 4 collegekay
    April 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    PBO is like the energizer bunny.

    Btw, Boehner looks even more orangey at night.

  4. 6 LunarSea
    April 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    We need a caption contest for that look Bonehead is giving Reid while he’s talking. “No, don’t go there! You just wanna make me cry in front of the cameras. I’m not gonna cry! I’m not gonna cry!”

    I say down with the Weeper of the House and bring back our fantastic Speaker, Pelosi!


  5. 7 Ceb
    April 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

    This president is making the fat cats work more and harder than they ever have before. Sure one of the first things that that the hew House did was to give themselves fewer work days, but that is not working so great for them with PBO showing that he is willing to work long and hard to get things done.

    He said long ago “I am skinny,but I’m tough!” They should have believed him.

    Good night everyone. Hope we wake to the good news that a deal is reached and a govt. shut down avoided.

  6. 8 Ceb
    April 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Meant “new” House

    Time to go to bed.

  7. 9 Bobfr
    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Bonehead and his radical buddies in the House – all such vociferous advocates of the Constitution, though they persistently evidence a remarkable lack of understanding its contents – had better pay close attention to Article II, Section 3 of that Constitution.

    Specifically, you President Obama are fully empowered to “on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper …”

    A shut-down of the Federal Government at this critical moment in US and global economic recovery and stabilization is more than meets the criterion of an ‘extraordinary occasion.’

    A government shutdown, an ongoing politicization of budget and debt limit, just as the President and his team have begun to stabilize an economy that 2 years ago was about to tank, not just here, but globally, would be a disaster.

    President Obama has all the Constitutional authority – the ultimate Law of the Land – to confine the House members to their Chamber until they stop acting like cruel demagogues and start caring for all Americans, rather than their unrelenting, wretched servicing of the greedsters (less than 2 % of our population) whom are, without any doubt, their masters.

    If Boner is looking for a reason to cry into the night he’s toying with not only a President but a Constitutional Law expert that is more than capable of having him sob forever — as they say, orange man, be careful of what you wish – you might just get it and ALL the ramifications that accompany that wish.

  8. 12 LadyTNT
    April 7, 2011 at 1:47 am

    You go Bobfr! You just taught me something

  9. April 7, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Heeyy y’all..!! 😀

    From my twitter timeline:

    @BarackObama #News : (Video) Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala #obama @theonlyadult http://tiny.ly/oWto

    • 16 Sue in Minnesota
      April 7, 2011 at 5:23 am

      Eleroy, great column, appreciate the reference.

    • April 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

      “So count your presidential blessings, libs, for while they may be tattered and rashy and often pinch and ride up, they are, on the whole, still plentiful and hugely impressive and just shockingly better than any alternative you can name, much less vote for. And you know it.”

      YES, THEY KNOW IT. And they will feel better once they admit it.

  10. 18 Andogriff
    April 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Good morning Ms Chips and everyone else! Thanks for the Morford article, excellent!! I have already passed it on to everyone I know.

  11. 19 Ladyhawke
    April 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Congressman Barney Frank schools the Republican Party on the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Government 101:

    A British accent for the tea party?

    By: Rep. Barney Frank
    April 6, 2011 04:35 AM EDT

    The insistence by leaders of the tea party and its congressional followers that Republicans, as winners in the 2010 elections, have a right to unilaterally decide what government policy should be is not only inconsistent with the way they responded to Democrats’ even larger 2008 victories; it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitution.

    The tea party movement asserts that it is the strongest defender of the Constitution. This is ironic given that it is inspired by the American revolt against British rule; that the theory the party is implicitly adopting is not in the U.S. Constitution but the system in Britain.

    The tea party argues that the party that won the last election has the right to make policy. In Britain, that is the case. The House of Commons is the sole governing entity. And the party that wins the majority of the House of Commons on Election Day has total governmental power the next day. There are no checks or balances.

    The American system is just the opposite — by explicit design of the men who wrote the Constitution.

    In the United States, the party that wins an election shares the authority to govern with those who won the previous two elections.

    In Britain, everybody exercising government power is elected for an identical term on the exact same day.


  12. 20 Ladyhawke
    April 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Why aren’t the Democrats talking more about the fact that the Republican Party majority in the House of Representatives has produced “ZERO” jobs bills in their first three months in power. And the two jobs bills introduced by the Democrats were voted down. All they talked about before the midterms was jobs, jobs, jobs.

    So the Republican Party is doing nothing about job creation and at the same time they are proposing a budget that will invariably lead to job losses and sabotage the fragile recovery. Meanwhile, every time I turn around I see Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor hugging the spotlight spouting lies and distortions. And to see the pundits joined at the tonsils with Paul Ryan is disgusting.

    The entry below on Minority Leader Pelosi’s blog is great, but I have not heard much discussion about this in the media. Maybe I missed something.

    From “The Gavel” blog of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    13 Weeks & 0 Jobs Bills
    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Karina

    This week, House Republicans are not only ignoring job creation for the 13th week, they’re also bringing legislation to the House floor that destroys 70,000 jobs. The House Republican FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act will destroy 70,000 jobs, undermine our nation’s infrastructure, and jeopardize runway safety and improvements. This is on top of two other House Republican bills passed this year that destroy jobs:

    HR 1 – The House-passed GOP ‘So Be It’ spending bill destroys 700,000 jobs, stalls our economic recovery, and protects subsidies for Big Oil and tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.

    HR 2 – The GOP Patients’ Rights Repeal bill puts insurance companies back in charge and repeals the Affordable Care Act destroys more than 300,000 jobs.

    The FAA bill on the floor this week brings the number of GOP bills to create jobs to 0 and the number of jobs destroyed to more than one million:


  13. 21 majii
    April 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I know that Boehner and the republicans in the House have to be PO’ed at PBO. Steve Benen noted in 2009 that the republicans under GWB were NOT accustomed to working very much/hard. He noted that GWB would just tell them what he wanted, they crafted and passed the legislation, and GWB signed it. Steve thought that this was the source of so much of their whining about the amount of legislation the democrats were producing and the cries to, “Slowdown!”

    Crack that whip, PBO, and make them EARN those salaries and benefits!!

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