September 18, 2014

LIVE STREAM: President Obama’s Press Conference (UPDATED w/Video & Transcript)

TRANSCRIPT

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I am eager to take your questions, so I’ll try to be brief at the top.

This morning I had a chance to speak with Speaker Boehner. And I told him what I’ve been saying publicly, that I am happy to talk with him and other Republicans about anything — not just issues I think are important but also issues that they think are important. But I also told him that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations shouldn’t require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people.

Think about it this way, the American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox. If you’re in negotiations around buying somebody’s house, you don’t get to say, well, let’s talk about the price I’m going to pay, and if you don’t give the price then I’m going to burn down your house. That’s not how negotiations work. That’s not how it happens in business. That’s not how it happens in private life.

In the same way, members of Congress, and the House Republicans in particular, don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs. And two of their very basic jobs are passing a budget and making sure that America’s paying its bills. They don’t also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election, I’m going to cause a recession.

That’s not how it works. No American president would deal with a foreign leader like this. Most of you would not deal with either co- workers or business associates in this fashion. And we shouldn’t be dealing this way here in Washington.

And you know, I’ve heard Republicans suggest that, well, no, this is reasonable, that this is entirely appropriate. But as I’ve said before, imagine if a Democratic Congress threatened to crash the global economy unless a Republican president agreed to gun background checks or immigration reform. I think it’s fair to say that Republicans would not think that was appropriate.

So let’s lift these threats from our families and our businesses, and let’s get down to work. It’s not like this is a new position that I’m taking here. I had Speaker Boehner and the other leaders in just last week. Either my chief of staff or I have had serious conversations on the budget with Republicans more than 20 times since March.

So we’ve been talking all kinds of business. What we haven’t been able to get are serious positions from the Republicans that would allow us to actually resolve some core differences. And they have decided to run out the clock until there’s a government shutdown or the possibility of default, thinking that it would give them more leverage. That’s not my characterization. They’ve said it themselves. That was their strategy from the start. And that is not how our government is supposed to run.

 

FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE.

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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Oh look! The Four GOP Stooges!

  • vulcan_girl

    Why they ALL got to stand there with mikes?

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      They look like they’re about to break out into a rhythmless Four Tops routine.

      • Miranda

        More like the Four Flops

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, Fam!

    I hope all is well. The MSM stenographers HATE when President Obama explains to the American people what’s REALLY going on!

    • Alma98

      Afternoon sagi! Yes they do!

  • edp4bho

    Hey POU. Home today. I see that spine of steel is ram rod straight, and it ain’t about to be taken for a wet noodle ! Hang in there Prez, we like you like this !

  • annvic

    Lawd, Pres is just reading the Republicans to filth. Just airing it all out right now.

  • annvic

    Obama: “Republican obsession with dismanteling the Affordable Health Care Act”

    Well, damn!

  • annvic

    Pres just said the Tea Party forces John Boehnor issues threats. Just puttin’ the lash to him!

    • conlakappa

      I guess that would be a quadruple-dog dare at this point. Really, Orange, have the vote or cede your title.

      • annvic

        He’s playing Bat-The-Republican with John just like he did with Mitt the summer before the last election. We saw how that turned out, John may wanna get it together.

  • rigoletta

    He’s putting it all out there. Good.

  • rigoletta

    Oh shit. He’s going in on the GOP! Hahahaha!

    • annvic

      Pres went into “Lemme learn yo’ simple ass somethin'” mode. He’s on the mike rebukin’ these assholes and giving credit 101 lessons at the same damn time.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Oh snap! PBO bringing Big Business into the convo!

  • annvic

    Pres. Obama to GOP “Pay the damn mortgage already, Jesus!”

  • goldenstar

    PBO: Take this drama off the table.

    Ha, ha, ha.

  • goldenstar

    Ooooo. Now he’s TELLIN’ it about the Supreme Court campaign finance case.

    • annvic

      This isn’t a press conference, it’s an alter call. Pres is calling errybody down to get right.

      • goldenstar

        Those who are sanctified, REPRESENT!

        • annvic

          *Nancy Pelosi bangs tambourine*

  • goldenstar

    Now, he’s drawing the connection between Citizens United, billionaires and the situation that we’re in right NOW.

  • annvic

    Damn, he brought up gerrymandering…..

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      PBO’s spilling all the political tea this afternoon!

  • conlakappa

    I am in a meeting so don’t have the sound on but, gosh, WHPC: We couldn’t be any whiter or killers of irony in that steeping whiteness.

  • goldenstar

    This is a PBO Tell-All, Come-to-the-Altar, and Shut-Yo-Mouth performance.

  • jziglar

    LOL ! I love how he is ignoring the clowns in the front row: Chuck Todd, Ed Henry, Jon Karl.

    • conlakappa

      Is there a massive, group sad among them?

      • goldenstar

        Cameras not on them. Darn!

        • conlakappa

          As Aquag would say, thank Dios and all the santos for that!

  • Worldwatcher7

    Hey everyone! I have absolutely no business being here in the middle of a busy work day, but the Prez is currently speaking truth and shaming ALL of the devils.

  • Worldwatcher7

    The man who is not at fault in any way just graciously apologized.

  • annvic

    Obama: “See, Asia loved us. Asia wanted to help us out. Asia was gonna co-sign on the loan, chip in on the bills, and hook us up with a job. But right when we was about to seal the deal, the tea party ran out on the front lawn with no draws on yelling and carrying on and Asia got scared and won’t take our calls anyore. What the fuck we gonna do now, America?”

    • qosine

      annvic, everyone needs to hear YOUR analysis on TV.
      On point!!

    • sagittarius

      ROFLMBAO!

      Comment of the week!

    • Miranda

      ________________________________________

  • goldenstar

    PBO: American people expect civility, common sense, give and take, and compromise.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Aww…I guess Lil Luke was hoping for a game of gotcha. Instead he got a game of real journalism:

    Luke Russert
    ‏@LukeRussert

    7m

    No Qs yet on problems related
    to healthcare law roll out. If fight over healthcare law didn’t force
    shutdown, O wld have been inundated

    • annvic

      This utter child…..

      • Worldwatcher7

        And not even a bright child.

        • conlakappa

          Affirmative action, as it’s largely lived out in the elitists, live.

        • annvic

          He’s the child that has to be forcibly stopped from eating Play-Doh.

          • goldenstar

            Stop it! I remember some kids who ate paste. Ewww.

          • annvic

            “Stop it! I remember some kids who ate paste. ”

            You knew Chuck Todd?

          • conlakappa

            Looks more like a booger eaterfinger sniffer.

          • Daltex82

            Ewww!

          • conlakappa

            Like you didn’t have one in your Kindergarten class. And if you cannot recall who that was, um, well…

          • Daltex82

            Yep I did and NO it wasn’t me!!! LOL!

    • jziglar

      I’m glad the President is calling on these people. So far the questions have been perfect. No GOP shilling and gotcha questions.

    • Daltex82

      To think folks fret about Affirmative Action, he is proof that they should be far more concerned with nepotism.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -Do U C his –“BODY LANGUAGE” —:>)- -He is –DA MAN!! –:>) – -I AM — –DA PRESIDENT! – -of THESE UNITED STATES.– -HAH! —

    – – -http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1447930/obama-kicks-the-door-o.gif — -THANK U!! –:>)

    • goldenstar

      Yep. And, betcha that Malia and Sasha know this body language well.

      • conlakappa

        “I’m disappointed in you…”

  • sagittarius

    Oooh.. the frat boys must have just said something about not being called… and PBO said ‘I’m just going through my list. Talk to Jay’.

    Team NFTG

  • annvic

    Oh, did the Press Secretary write up the list for reporters that Pres would call on? So, he intentionally weeded out the bitchassedness? *cackling*

    • Tunisia

      I laughed really loud when PBO said that. People in my office probably think that I am crazy.

      • annvic

        Does Jay control the seating too? Because if he intentionally seated Chuck, Ed, Karl, etc. in the front row and then kept them off the list, then I hearby nominate him for the Mariah Carey Shade Thrower of the Year award.

        • goldenstar

          Not sure but I think that the Big Boys get the Front Seats.

          • conlakappa

            Ed Henry I think is the president of the WHPC and he decides who sits in those chairs. I think theoretically it’s based on seniority of their membership in the WHPC.

          • goldenstar

            Wow. He is the president of WHPC. Didn’t realize that it’s based on seniority. So alot of the folks are new.

          • conlakappa

            The fratboys have been around for a while though, though some have changed networks/jobs. Like a few years. When she made her intemperate remarks, Helen Thomas was kicked out of her front seat, which she got from being there since forever.

          • nellcote

            Helen Thomas was kicked out of her front seat,

            ===
            That was a disgraceful act by the WHCA considering what others have said at times without blowback.

          • nellcote

            I thought the
            WHPC got a new pres every year.

          • crazycanuck

            Wasn’t he “todd’ just re-elected or whatever? I thought I read something about that here.

          • nellcote

            WHCA℠ OFFICERS 2013-2014

            President: Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers

            Vice President: Christi Parsons, Tribune Company

            Secretary: April Ryan, American Urban Radio Network

            Treasurer: Doug Mills, New York Times

            WHCA℠ BOARD MEMBERS 2013-2014

            Carol Lee, Wall Street Journal, at large(7/15/16)

            Ari Shapiro, NPR, radio (7/15/15)

            Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News, wire

            Major Garrett, CBS News, television

            Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News, periodicals

            http://www.whca.net/

          • annvic

            “Secretary: April Ryan, American Urban Radio Network”

          • TyrenM

            Hmm. Y’alls girl April? All that “clout” and what does she do with it? Secretary Stenographer.

            Nevermind. I see you Annvic.

          • Tunisia

            You are correct. The president of the WHPC picks. Most of the front row has been grandfathered in so to speak, since they are with major networks. They have had those spaces for decades.

          • nellcote
        • gn

          Jay gets the Prince Shade Maestro award too lol!

          http://i.imgur.com/lArz0.gif

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Did y’all hear that?? Chuck Todd and nem start whining about being called and PBO said, “I’m just going through my list guys. Talk to Jay.” You know Jay Carney is somewhere like, “Yeah…y’all bitches gon’ learn not to eff with me!”

    • crazycanuck

      We need to send Carney a gift lol, something

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY crazycanuck ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — -LOL – –GOOD idea. — -:>)

        He can JOIN the – -KUTTIN’ KREW”–with THIS

        —http://images.wikia.com/piratesonline/images/6/64/Hack_-_animation.gif Woo! Hoo! — -He B –FIERCE!! :>)– –
        Good 2 C U cc. :>)

    • Miranda

      I love Jay.

  • goldenstar

    PBO: Man UP!

  • jziglar

    LMAO ! Jon Karl, Major Garrett, Chuck Todd, and Ed Henry looked so pissed. Thank you Jay Carney !

  • sagittarius

    Awww, shucky ducky. Getting ready to put Speaker Lush on Front Street and Blast Avenue

  • goldenstar

    PBO: They’re aware of the fact that I’m not budging.

    Ha, ha, ha!

  • sagittarius

    Annnnnnd the mic drops

  • goldenstar

    Jay Carney just S.T.R.O.L.L.E.D his bad self behind PBO out the room

  • MsKitty

    And of course I get here just as the blue WH screen comes up. What did i miss?

    • crazycanuck

      Oh MK is was a site to behold lol, he didn’t call on any of the primadonnas . They are pissed lmao

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      PBO passed over Chuck Todd, Ed Henry, Jon Karl and Majro Garret in favor of reporters who asked actual relevant, substantive questions. It was a breath of fresh air!

      • MsKitty

        Oh this will be fun because you know they will sending out whiny tweets for the rest of the day.

        • crazycanuck

          yup, they are so predictable

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          And they’ll be extra bitchy on tv, too.

          • conlakappa

            How would we know?

    • sagittarius

      A damn good presser. Substantive, thoughtful questions, except for one from Roll Call. Best of all, the four frat boys (Chuckles, Tapper, Karl and Henry) were not called on at all, per the list drawn up by the Press Secretary.

      Team NFTG

      • MsKitty

        Jay is fed up, I love it.

      • Daltex82

        I’m not sure what makes me smile more, them not being called on or the fact that I know they are somewhere pissed.

    • qosine

      Like everyone here is saying, the presser was really interesting and informative. I even took notes.

      Which question was from Roll Call?

    • Worldwatcher7

      Actual journalism was committed.

  • GreenLadyHere

    LOL POU FAM♥– –Da “B”**TURD —after THIS PRESSES- – –

    http://whitenoiseinsanity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/johnboehnerdrunkass__whitenoiseinsanitydotcomphoto.jpg LOL – –

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    VC3 @vcthree
    Dear Front Row: that right there was Jay throwing shade.

    • crazycanuck

      Just realized none of us won the pool,because jay went and threw shade lol.

      • Aquagranny911

        See my comment above. I don’t care! I loved seeing those asswipes shut out of the presser.

  • aleth

    “The president is so responsible, we’ll hold our breath and threaten default, and he’ll give us what we want”
    Hi President Obama and Michelle and Jay and Joe and everyone… I see you creeping on us here. Hey, can you invite us to the white house

  • aleth

    CAN WE BEGIN A TWITTER TREND ON REAL JOURNALIST BASED ON PRESS CONFERENCE.

  • JB20005

    Editor of Equities.com predicts a 2,000 point drop in the DJIA if Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline is breached.

  • qosine

    John Boehner’s turn

  • JB20005

    Dow down 415 points since October 1.

    • aleth

      This is the intent– damage the economy alittle bit to make the case that the black man did not improve it. I.E. save Bushie legacy.
      Interesting to see the extent a white rich guy would go to save face. Do you recall the cartoon from ages ago which shows a black man extending his hand to save a white guy who fell into a river. The white guy says no he rather drown than be saved by that black hand.
      In a way, these folks rather damage America than let Obama save it.

      • JB20005

        It’s not without precedent. In 1860, their forefathers decided that they’d rather destroy the United States than accept the election of the abolitionist party’s candidate.

  • aleth

    I still don’t trust white america to vote the GOPPERs out, they are the reason they are in power. Hell 60% of them voted for Romney. So if their money of wall street burns, its on them. It just sucks all the innocent people get hurt in the process.

  • Aquagranny911

    Well, I lost my two pesos I bet on Chuckie the Toad to make caca in his pants but it was worth it to see him & the other stooges shut down during the presser. I ♥ Jay Carney! PBO was stellar, as always.

  • lamh36

    Evening peeps. Long day at work. I’m glad to be home. Off tomorrow, looking forward to not having to go into work.

  • Aquagranny911

    I so ♥ you John Lewis!

    http://www.11alive.com/news/article/309096/40/Rep-John-Lewis-arrested-during-immigration-reform-march

    I have tears. This man always stands for the people & for the good. May he live long & prosper \//!

  • lamh36

    OMG! Is that Connie Chung interviewing Rev Al.

    She looks like she’s had ALOT of work done.

  • TyrenM

    Al Sharpton to Connie Chung: I thought you were a journalist!

    Shade to today’s pretenders.

  • lamh36

    Way shocked it took this long. That thing has been hanging on by a thread…I’m telling ay. It’s all about the limelight with Mama Kardashian.

    @eonline

    7m

    Bruce & Kris Jenner are separated and living apart–but they “will always remain best friends.” http://eonli.ne/17TKydl

  • Alma98

    Evening everyone, I finally got a moment to myself.
    My son needed a ride to school to work on his college paper, he’s a graphic design student. Sister-in-law kept calling begging for money. Then my nephew wanted me check out his laptop, he had so many viruses, 50. It took me all day to clean it up and add some preventive programs on it. He just left and now I’m cooking dinner and talking to daughter.

    • crazycanuck

      hey alma, 50 viruses? What is he doing? lol

      • Alma98

        Hey cc, he’s downloading all kinds of crap lol.

    • rikyrah

      Alma,

      How’s mini-Alma?

      • Alma98

        She’s doing good she’s coming home for Christmas, I’m so happy about it. She’s also still looking at other opportunities and is optimistic.

  • lamh36

    Way shocked it took this long. That thing has been hanging on by a thread…I’m telling ay. It’s all about the limelight with Mama Kardashian.

    @eonline

    7m

    Bruce & Kris Jenner are separated and living apart–but they “will always remain best friends.” http://eonli.ne/17TKydl

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    This thread is only about PBO’s news conference. Use the Afternoon Open Thread for all other discussions. Thanks! :-)