Less than an hour before the federal government was scheduled to shut down, President Obama went to the briefing room of the White House to hail the deal that had been struck between the White House and congressional leaders.
“Tomorrow I’m pleased to announce that the Washington Monument and the entire federal government will be open for business,” Obama said with the monument looming behind him.
He praised House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He noted:
“Americans of different beliefs came together again…Like any worthwhile compromise both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them. I certainly did that.”
Obama took pride in the deal calling it the largest annual spending cut in American history.