In a speech which, for any other president and any other press corps, would have been remarkable for its mind-numbingly high words/content ratio, President Obama briefly stated that he would be happy to negotiate with Republicans over just about anything, and then went on to say that Republicans can't be allowed to win anything in this debate because going along with Obama with a "clean CR" and increasing the debt ceiling would represent just "doing their jobs."
As usual, the speech was fully of nasty comparisons, likening Republicans to extortionists and kidnappers.
He also, insanely, discussed the possibility of the Supreme Court having to decide whether the US will pay interest on the national debt.
So while his speech began with what sounded like an opening to negotiation, it was really all one gigantic slam of the GOP and a continuation of his refusal to give in on anything at all.
The purpose of the speech must have been to counter what seemed an effective Republican tactic of saying "we want to talk, but Obama won't sit down with us," an argument which would likely play well in Peoria. So, Obama's propaganda crew told the boss to get out there and say that he's willing to talk.
But he can't help himself, and his nasty, petulant, narcissistic self came through as clearly as always.
It's worth noting that in over an hour of Q&A (which could have taken much less time, but for Obama's logorrhea), no reporter asked the president about the ongoing failure of the launch of Obamacare.
It's too bad that this shutdown is happening at this time (not that I object to the shutdown per se) because it would be great to see the failure of Obamacare as the lead story in papers and on stations around the country; they'd have no choice.
In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial average fell 155 points, or a little over 1 percent today, although much of the loss had occurred before Dear Leader began his latest attempt to scare citizens and investors into viewing Republicans as dangerous criminals.
In the first minutes of futures trading after stocks closed, stock index futures fell to new lows for the day. As I mentioned a few days ago, this is, unfortunately, just what this very dangerous president hopes to cause.