Obama at the Shutdown Press Conference: ‘Lord Knows I’m Tired of It’

With the shutdown in its second week, President Obama chose the White House briefing room to lay out, once again, his strategy of no negotiations until the government is opened and the threat of defaulting on the debt removed. But he did leave a little wiggle room for a possible way out of the stalemate. He urged House Speaker John Boehner to put a resolution on the floor that would fund the government if only for a short time, a measure the president believes could pass with the necessary 218 votes. “And they can attach some process to that that gives them some certainty, if my word isn’t good enough,” that he would then “sit down with them for as long as it takes” to go through the health-care law “line by line.” But Obama said he’s not going to “gut” his signature achievement, and he’s not going to talk about it with government agencies shuttered.