Via PBS NewsHour:
President Barack Obama warned Americans that the economy will suffer if a "reckless Republican shutdown" continues. At a construction company in Rockville, Md., Thursday, the president held his first press event outside the White House that focused on the shutdown, which began Oct. 1 when Congress failed to pass a temporary spending bill to fund federal agencies.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans -- the only thing that's preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes-or-no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party...
Everybody here just does their job, right? You know, if you’re working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, "You know what? I want to get something, but I don’t know — I don’t know exactly what I’m going get, but — I’m just going to stop working until I get something– I’m going to shut down the whole plant until I get something." You’d get fired! Right?