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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama held a press conference yesterday and again, arrived late and left reporters and the national audience waiting for at least 10-15 minutes.

He said that he, Senate Democrats and House Democrats “have shown more than ample willingness to talk” about a negotiation and compromise. Obama stated:

“…the American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox. If you’re in negotiations around buying somebody’s house, you don’t get to say, well, let’s talk about the price I’m going to pay, and if you don’t give the price then I’m going to burn down your house. That’s not how negotiations work. That’s not how it happens in business. That’s not how it happens in private life.”

Obama went in attack mode, calling the current (partial) government shutdown one of several “manufactured crises” created by the Republicans and blasted them for “rejecting” the Senate’s budget 19 times. He did not mince words when he also said, that the “Republican obsession with dismantling the Affordable Care Act” actually denies “denying health care to millions of people. That law ironically is moving forward.”

By moving forward, if Obama meant software and registration errors in addition to online waiting rooms for registration, then that would make sense. But, Obama said nothing about how many have registered for ObamaCare online and how tough it is to actually go online and register on

Also, in a recent interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could not give a number of registrants either. To which, Stewart surmised that Sebelius may have lied to him about ObamaCare.

Obama accused the Republicans of “extortion,” saying that “We can’t make extortion routine as part of our democracy. Democracy doesn’t function this way.” Yet Obama glances over his countless ObamaCare waivers to friends and donors as well as the IRS targeting the Tea Party.

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