Obama Call Shutdown "Manufactured Crisis," Refuses to Negotiate Until Shutdown is Over

   In a speech given at a photo op Tuesday at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, President Obama had this to say about negotiating with Republicans:

   "Pass a budget, end the government shutdown, pay our bills and prevent an economic shutdown. And as soon as that happens, I am eager and read to sit down and negotiate with Republicans on a whole range of issues."

   So, in other words, Obama wants the Republicans to give up any leverage they have to force a compromise prior to sitting down with them and negotiating. Notice he didn't mention ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act, which the Democrats have thus far refused to negotiate on.

   Obama had the following to say about negotiating with Republicans during the shutdown:

   "I cannot do that under the threat that if Republicans don't get a hundred percent of their way, they're going to either shut down the government or they are going to default on America's debt so that America for the first time in history does not pay its bills. That is not something I will do. We're not going to establish that pattern. We're not going to negotiate under the threat of further harm to our economy and middle class families. We're not going to negotiate under the threat of a prolonged shutdown until Republicans get a hundred percent of what they want."

   There's only one problem. While the President claims it's the Republicans who are unwilling to negotiate, the Democrats in the Senate appear to be the ones unwilling to budge. Originally, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that funded the government while defunding ObamaCare, which would have left ObamaCare dead in the water had it passed the Democrat-controlled Senate. It didn't, and the battle ensued. House Republicans have since backed off on defunding ObamaCare and have instead asked that the individual mandate be postponed for a year and that Congress be required to use ObamaCare. Both items were summarily rejected by the Senate.

   It isn't clear where things are headed from here. The government shutdown is well into its second week and the debt ceiling is looming. It doesn't look like there's an end in sight, as both sides have indicated they're in it for the long haul.

   For those who are interested, here's the speech in its entirety: