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The Background:
While holding a press conference, President Obama claimed he was indeed willing to have government shutdown related talks with Speaker Boehner, contrary to his earlier statements, and then proceeded to claim Republicans were demanding ransom.

The Quote:
Barack Obama I also told him that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations, shouldn't require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos uh over the heads of the American people. Um. Think about it this way, uh 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.' Uh, if you're in negotiations around uh buying somebody's house, you don't get to say, 'uh well let's talk about uh the price I'm going to pay, and if you don't give me the price I'm going to burn down your house.' Um, that's not how negotiations work, that's not how it happens in business, it'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.

The Who & When:
  • Barack Obama, October 8, 2013

  • The Source:
  • RealClearPolitics

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