President Obama spoke to the American people through the White House press corp briefing after the conclusion of an emergency meeting with Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid Wednesday night. At 10:44 PM Eastern Time, the President voiced confidence that a government shutdown could be avoided -"unless we make a decision that politics is more important". He said it was a "productive meeting". He did not, however, say that a deal has been struck. He took no questions from the press.
President Obama has a funny way of always projecting criticism off on others. It is never he who is simply playing politics. He says the other party is grandstanding.
He doesn't say that the GOP passed a spending budget resolution six weeks ago. He doesn't say that it was purely politics that kept the Democratically controlled Congress back in October 2010 from passing a budget - the first time in decades that a budget was not passed by Congress.
Senator Reid told the press, outside the White House, they "narrowed the issues significantly" and that "hope lies eternal".
Speaker Boehner told the press that "some progress" was made but that there is "no agreement on numbers or policy". Both mentioned that staffs would be working through the night.
The House Republicans are preparing a Continuing Resolution to fund the government for one more week and appropriate funds through the rest of the year for the military.
This is no way to run a government.