Obama spoke Thursday morning, following the end of the government shutdown.
President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday morning for shutting down the government and flirting with default, while hoping that the end to the episode would lead to budget, immigration and farm bills by the end of the year.
“It’s encouraged our enemies, it’s emboldened our competitors, and it’s depressed our friends,” Obama said of the shutdown and default threat.
As for the politics of the shutdown, he said, “There are no winners here. These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy. We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth.”
The president urged Congress to stop listening to the lobbyists and the “bloggers” and professional activists who he said profit off conflict and instead to work with him to get things done that they can all agree on.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.