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“This isn’t some damn game,” Speaker Boehner said at a press conference before aghast mainstream media reporters. House Speaker Boehner unleashed all his surly orange-tinted rage at Obama this morning when he angrily denounced his refusal to negotiate with Republicans.
The outburst came after Boehner read a comment from an anonymous White House source, after sitting through a meeting with Obama telling him “20 times” that he would not negotiate.
The unnamed source is quoted as saying “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us how long the shutdown lasts because what matters is the end result.”
Boehner described how he tried to negotiate with Democratic leaders at the White House only to find out via the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration’s sole objective is “beating” the GOP.
JOHN BOEHNER: Good morning, everyone. When we have a crisis like the one we’re in the middle of this week, the American people expect their leaders to sit down and try to resolve their differences. I was at the White House the other night and listening to the president some 20 times explain to me why he wasn’t going to negotiate. I sat there and listened to the majority leader in the United States Senate describe to me that we’re not going to talk until we surrender. I get The Wall Street Journal out and it says “we don’t care how long this lasts because we’re winning.” This isn’t some damn game. The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I. All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and reopen the government and to bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It’s as simple as that. But it all has to begin with a simple discussion.
This is exactly the tone the Republicans need to take in order to try to sway public opinion to their side. Boehner made clear they don’t want a government shutdown, and that they’re only asking Obama make concessions to postpone legislation that is unpopular and isn’t working.
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