7:16 PM 10/02/2013
President Barack Obama told NBC News today that heâs tried to keep his rhetoric calm during the budget impasse over Obamacare, but then urged Wall Street to worry over the partial shutdown of some government spending.
âDuring the course of my presidency I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down,â insisted the president, who is meeting Wednesday evening with congressional leaders for the first time since the shutdown struggle started.
Obama, however, immediately contradicted his claim by suggesting that the GOPâs popular opposition to his health-care takeover â which passed on a party line vote during a heated fight after midnight on a weekend in 2010 â threatens Wall Streetâs financial leaders.
âI think they should be concerned,â he said.
âI had a chance to speak to some of the financial industry who came down for their typical trip [to the White House] and I told them it is not unusual for Democrats and Republicans to disagreeâŚ but when you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on U.S. government obligations, then we are in trouble, and if theyâre wiling to do it now, theyâll [also] be willing to do it later,â he told NBC.
âI think Iâm pretty well known for being a calm guy â sometimes too calm,â Obama said.
In recent weeks, however, Obama and his aides and Democratic allies have accused the Republican legislators of being anarchists, suicide-bombers, hostage-takers, arsonists, political terrorists, fanatics, blackmailers, and ideological crusaders.
âWhat weâre not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,â Dan Pfeiffer, Obamaâs top media adviser, said in a CNN interview this week.
Republicans âhave shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans,â Obama told reporters Tuesday.
The crisis will end âwhen Republicans realize they donât get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands,â Obama told the reporters gathered in the White Houseâs briefing room.
Unless the White House agrees to âgutâ health care, Obama said in his weekly address Saturday, Republicans will âpush the button, throwing America into default for the first time in history and risk throwing us back into recession.â
Opponents of his Obamacare network âhave made such a big political issue out of this, trying to scare everybody with lies about âdeath panelsâ and âkilling granny,â he said in a speech last week to cheering supporters in Maryland.
Republicans favor âshutting down the government just because you donât like a lawâŚ no Congress before this one has ever â ever â in history been irresponsible enough to threaten defaultâŚ [and they are trying] to blackmail a President,â Obama told his acolytes. âWeâre not going to submit to this kind of total irresponsibility,â he declared, before ending his speech, âGod bless the United States of America.â
on Oct. 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM