President Barack Obama provided statements from the White House regarding the reopening of the U.S. government. But he closed by offering the federal employees returning to their jobs now that the government is open for business again the following comments, “Thank you. Thanks for your service. Welcome back. What you do is important. It matters.”
The president’s comments reflect the balancing act he has had for the last 4+ years. Attempting to reach out across the aisle, while chiding the Tea Party’s absolute refusal to do so.
Earlier today Vice President Joe Biden was all smiles has he delivered pastries to returning workers. To read the full story on Huffington Post.
President Obama called shutting down the government for 16 days while toying with the idea of allowing the nation to default on debt, “completely unnecessary damage on our economy.”
The president added, “The American people are completely fed up with Washington. Nothing has done more to undermine our economy these last three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.”
His comments from the White House came on the heels of his triumph over Sen. Ted Cruz and the GOP House of Representative members who attempted to force him to make changes to Obamacare and budget cuts. The President remained consistent: No. While Cruz continues to claim victory and plans to do it again – many within his own party consider him a laughing joke at the moment. But politics are fickle, if he manages to create a “win” down the road, his 2016 presidential hopes will be alive again.