President Obama had harsh words for Congress and its governance by crisis in his first remarks since the federal government was reopened and the debt ceiling raised. He called on lawmakers to reshuffle their legislative priorities and no longer operate in the same fashion.
“All my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change,” the president said on Thursday morning. He urged lawmakers to not focus on “lobbyists, bloggers, and the talking heads on radio, and the professional activists that profit from conflict” from now on and take up three new issues he outlined: passing a budget, immigration reform, and a farm bill.
As for opposition to Obamacare, the president condemned the tactic of shutting down the government to obtain the goal of getting rid of or minimizing the law: “If you don’t like a particular policy or president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”