“To all the American people, I apologize you have to go through this stuff every three months,” President Obama told a press conference today, where he called on Congressional Republicans to end the deadlock, saying that those considering a default are “irresponsible” and “out of touch with reality.”
A large portion of Republicans know they’re being unreasonable, but are too scared of Tea Party challengers to go against the grain, Obama said, calling for “every member of congress be on record” with their position.
Addressing calls to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt limit, he said there was too much legal controversy over the authority, and said the ceiling issue was not one he would negotiate. The president also said the shutdown has caused the U.S. to miss opportunities abroad after he had to cancel an Asia trip. “It’s almost like me not showing up to my own party,” he said. Read more at CNN.