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Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'
npr.org ^ | September 30, 2013 | EYDER PERALTA

Posted on 09/30/2013 2:27:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

With just hours to go before a potential government shutdown, President Obama said there is still a window to avert it.

"There's still an opportunity, during the course of this day to avert a shutdown and make sure that we are paying our bills," Obama said in an interview with NPR.

But when asked if any proposal from the House is any closer to something he would approve, Obama said flatly, "No."

Obama spoke to Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep on Monday afternoon at the White House, but down the street, a momentous battle was happening in Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were in a partisan frenzy trying to avoid the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.

At the center of the debate is Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. The GOP-controlled House was trying to stop implementation of the law by inserting language into the bill that funds government operations. But the Democratically-controlled Senate stood firm, saying they will not accept anything but a clean continuing resolution, or a bill that funds the government, but does not include language about Obamacare.

Obama stood with his party members in the Senate. Steve asked if that opportunity to avoid a shutdown exists, what was he willing to offer.

"Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn't have to offer anything," Obama said. "They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That's part of their basic function of government; that's not doing me a favor. That's doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.

"I have said consistently that I'm always happy to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we shape a budget that is investing in things like early childhood education, rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work, growing our economy making sure that we have the research and development to stay at the cutting edge and that deals with some of our long-term debt issues. But we're not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want and if they don't, they threaten to burn down the house."

Obama also told Steve that he would not negotiate on the fate of Obamacare.

"Steve, let's be clear, we're not going to delay the Affordable Care Act," Obama said. "There are millions of Americans, right now, who don't have health insurance and they are, finally, after decades going to be in a position where they can get get affordable healthcare just like everybody else and that means that their families, their kids, themselves, the've got the basic security that you and I enjoy. And the notion that we would even delay them getting that kind of peace of mind, potentially going to a doctor to get treated for illnesses that they currently have simply because the Republicans have decided, ideologically, that they're opposed to the Affordable Care Act is not something that we're going to be discussing."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; govtshutdown; obama; obamacare; obamainterview; zerocare

1 posted on 09/30/2013 2:27:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Stop wasting our time with your bullshti ‘press conferences’, Obama.


2 posted on 09/30/2013 2:28:51 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tailgunner Joe

you should go to .....................................


3 posted on 09/30/2013 2:29:03 PM PDT by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Arrogant narcissistic POS.


4 posted on 09/30/2013 2:31:32 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Only half of us would accept..... a resignation!


5 posted on 09/30/2013 2:32:25 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Would like to see him in a cell next to OJ


6 posted on 09/30/2013 2:33:16 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (What you get when you refuse to vet)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do.

They de-funded the border fence, now 0'care gets de-funded. Perfectly within the realm and Constitutional charter of the People's House.

7 posted on 09/30/2013 2:34:48 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

When libs complain to me about how Republicans refuse to compromise, my follow-up question is invariably, “What are the Democrats offering in terms of compromise in order to stop this shutdown?”

If this shutdown happens, they own it. They think they’ll be able to shift the blame over to Republicans as they tried to do back in ‘95 but this shutdown is the direct result of Obama’s lack of leadership. All he’s been able to do is draw lines in the sand while allowing the Democrats in the Senate to do his fighting for him.


8 posted on 09/30/2013 2:35:18 PM PDT by MWS
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Have you noticed that all wanna-be dictators have a very difficult time with the word “NO?”

It is such a simple word. No means no.

Those who study these things, claim that the average kid has heard the word “no” 45, 000 times before they reach the age of 12 years.

Guess Barry Soetoro was a tad shy in that part of his commie upbringing.


9 posted on 09/30/2013 2:36:24 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Steve, let's be clear, we're not going to delay the Affordable Care Act," Obama said.

He already has - a few times.

10 posted on 09/30/2013 2:36:24 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Dictators don’t negotiate.


11 posted on 09/30/2013 2:36:47 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama is seizing this opportunity to play “tough guy” after Syria, Russia, Iran, and both houses of Congress showed him to be a stupid, impotent yo-yo.
12 posted on 09/30/2013 2:37:02 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Of course not. That’s the liberal definition of “compromise.” See also “bipartisanship.”

There’s no sense in the Repubs giving any more than he has.

And make no mistake: it’s not just Repubs, conservatives, and libertarians that don’t want obamacare. It’s America!


13 posted on 09/30/2013 2:37:40 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'

Well it looks like he's living up to his promise, he hasent offered anything in five years!

Regards,
GtG

PS What a putz!

14 posted on 09/30/2013 2:38:59 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work, growing our economy making sure that we have the research and development to stay at the cutting edge and that deals with some of our long-term debt issues

How many times has he sad that in the last 5 years?

15 posted on 09/30/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Tailgunner Joe

OK lets have the little boy with finger picture dedicated to Obama.


16 posted on 09/30/2013 2:39:44 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Why waste time trying to negotiate with a LIAR...

And the MSM just sits there like little lap dogs and never calls him on it. He might get upset! Makes me want to PUKE!

Let the a-hole shut down the government. Doesn't matter to me! He is such a whiny little *hit it makes him look so small. Why don't you pout too you little prick!

17 posted on 09/30/2013 2:42:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Libloather

“Steve, let’s be clear, we’re not going to delay the Affordable Care Act,” Obama said.

I guess he forgot about the employer ‘mandates’?!

Obama Administration proclaimed itself a friend of American business by announcing a one-year delay, until 2015, of the “employer mandate” — the provision of its signature health reform law that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance.

“We have listened to your feedback,” Treasury official Mark Mazur said on July 2. “And we are taking action.”


18 posted on 09/30/2013 2:44:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yet he had no problem offering Iran a relic worth 1mil


19 posted on 09/30/2013 2:45:57 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama On The GOP: ‘I Shouldn’t Have To Offer Anything’

That’s the beauty of President Purpledrank, the architect of the 5+(and still going) years of recession... he doesn’t offer the American people anything.


20 posted on 09/30/2013 2:46:13 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: MWS

Even though I am 100% in favor of seeing Obamacare refunded, it would be hilarious if Boehner had a press conference in front of the Capitol where he stated “Me and my Republican brethren in Congress are prepared to avert this shutdown under the condition that the President, his administration, and all Democrats in Congress sign up for health coverage under the President’ s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.


21 posted on 09/30/2013 2:51:27 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"There's still an opportunity, during the course of this day to avert a shutdown and make sure that we are paying our bills,"

What is he talking about? Every contract the Government awards had funding through a given date - you cannot award a contract without the appropriations being there. If a contract's funding is up on Sep 30, there are NO MORE BILLS TO PAY. The contract has to have termination funding set aside, in the event Congress wants chooses not to fund the contract further, and it is over - e.g. on Oct 1.

If he is talking about Government salaries then use the word salary, not bills.

If he is talking about paying the debt on T bills, that doesn't stop without an appropriation CR. I have never heard of Congress putting a line item into the Fed budget to pay interest on US Treasuries.

This boy has an entire nation of fools completely bamboozled because he owns the media and can just march out in front of cameras and say anything he wants. He just makes it up and no on in the press corps will question their Lord and Savior.

The boy king is a boob.
22 posted on 09/30/2013 2:53:19 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Freestate316

Part of me firmly believes that, if, by some weird twist of fate, Obamacare was proven beyond all doubt to the whole of the American people and tossed into the garbage heap of history where it belongs... Obama would try to finagle primary credit for its repeal.


23 posted on 09/30/2013 2:55:53 PM PDT by MWS
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To: Freestate316

“Me and my Republican brethren in Congress are prepared to avert this shutdown under the condition that the President, his administration, and all Democrats in Congress sign up for health coverage under the President’ s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.”

PERFECT!!!


24 posted on 09/30/2013 2:58:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Narcissism on steroids.


25 posted on 09/30/2013 3:03:23 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Rush Limbaugh made an interesting point today.

"I have said consistently that I'm always happy to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we shape a budget...

The CR is not a normal form of government business. The CR is not even a budget. It is an anomoly that keeps the government running when there is no budget. There hasn't been a formal budget in over 5 years.

Now, that means the government is operating illegally. Forget the 0bamacare issue, there is a FACT in the room that everyone is ignoring. No budget exists for the CR to attach too.

26 posted on 09/30/2013 3:04:43 PM PDT by EBH ( Freeman: A person not in slavery or serfdom.)
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To: MWS

The msm would make sure of it!


27 posted on 09/30/2013 3:06:47 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I believe Republicans should dress like this and ask Obama to meet them in Tehran to negotiate

28 posted on 09/30/2013 3:07:57 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That's part of their basic function of government; that's not doing me a favor.

He has the view that the purpose of the legislative branch of our government is to bestow favors on the executive leader.

Honestly, I know it's déclassé to mention such in the world of internet decorum, but it's unavoidable.

This is the EXACT way Hitler viewed all institutions in Germany once he became the executive.

It's a hellaciously dangerous perspective in a political leader.

29 posted on 09/30/2013 3:08:44 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

He’s happy to talk to the people who are obstructing the government by giving him 90% of what they claim that they want?


30 posted on 09/30/2013 3:15:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: matt04
rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work...

Five years and those roads and bridges still aren't rebuilt? What about that trillion dollar stimulus?

31 posted on 09/30/2013 3:16:30 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SoldierDad

[This post has been deleted, before it was actually posted.]


32 posted on 09/30/2013 3:16:40 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey Barry...

Eat **** and bark at the moon.


33 posted on 09/30/2013 3:18:48 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I guess that whole “spirit of bipartisanship” thing was utter bullcrap wasn’t it, Barry?

Obama’s idea of compromise is “everyone else compromises their principles to give me what I want.”

You’re a president, not am emperor, doofus. Lean the difference, mister “constitutional scholar”.


34 posted on 09/30/2013 3:30:33 PM PDT by VideoPaul
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To: Tailgunner Joe
You will face justice one day obama... your crimes will be answered for in accordance with the US Constitution... you bastard child of a white whore and drunk Kenyan communist muslim.
35 posted on 09/30/2013 3:30:54 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obamacare was/is a bait and switch.

Promised.. Lower costs..reality, Cost going waaay up.
Promised.. You can keep your plan if you want......No, many Co. bailing out.
Promised.. Will cover millions more..no, Est. 25 mil won’t be covered.
Promised.. Will stimulate economy..no., The opposite is happening.
Companies shedding workers, cutting hours to avoid the
extra expense.
Promised..Congress and Federal workers will be under the plan..no, he has
exempted Congress and all the ancillary employees.
He has handed out exemptions like candy to his favored groups.
The rest of us saps getting stuck with the bill.


36 posted on 09/30/2013 3:33:47 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Tailgunner Joe

bump


37 posted on 09/30/2013 3:43:38 PM PDT by lowbridge
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Great news. I heard on the radio that Boehner said that he didn't have the votes in the House to pass a budget funding Obamacare.

YES!

38 posted on 09/30/2013 3:51:50 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama is just one of those people that always makes the wrong choice. In every thing he does. Always the wrong choice. Had a manager like that once and I could not figure him out for the life of me. All I knew was that every time he had to make a decision, it was always the wrong one.


39 posted on 09/30/2013 3:53:59 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The username is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

because the Republicans have decided, ideologically, that they’re opposed to the Affordable Care Act is not something that we’re going to be discussing.”

So the half the country that is against this monster
means nothing, they’re just being “ideological”?

I get it.
Democrats = people
Republicans = ideologues
Only an ideologue would say that.


40 posted on 09/30/2013 3:54:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

due to his “wonderful mangnificance of being Obama”?


41 posted on 09/30/2013 3:58:16 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Graewoulf

Not nowadays. Nowadays parents don’t have a clue how to tell their kids “no” - and people are shocked when restaurants start saying “no kids after 7pm”, etc.


42 posted on 09/30/2013 4:18:40 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: EBH
"Now, that means the government is operating illegally. Forget the 0bamacare issue, there is a FACT in the room that everyone is ignoring. No budget exists for the CR to attach too."

Bingo!

43 posted on 09/30/2013 4:25:36 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I shouldn't have to offer anything," Obama said.

Ah, that line will come in handy some day soon.

44 posted on 09/30/2013 4:31:32 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

King George III was much more reasonable than this clown.


45 posted on 09/30/2013 5:11:52 PM PDT by Gritty (We are quickly running out of "boxes"...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'

GOP to the Zero King: Neither should we. Get your lackeys in the Senate to pass our bill and then sign it or you will shut down the government.

46 posted on 09/30/2013 5:20:07 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama’s used to getting his way. He’s gotten it his whole life and he knows how to attain power. This statement is no surprise.


47 posted on 09/30/2013 5:44:25 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: jeffc

I believe all republicans will be held accountable no matter which way we turn — we might as well pick the directions that makes most financial sense.

We live in a country where it is more important to be “PC” than truthful.


48 posted on 09/30/2013 5:45:27 PM PDT by mneville (Scorched Earth)
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