In case you were confused about the Democrats' position re: the ongoing U.S. government shutdown—namely that they think it's dirty for Republicans to demand the defunding of Obamacare in order to pass a budget to keep the government open—Barack Obama dumbed it down a little in a press conference today.


"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 me the price I'm going to burn down your house.' That's not how negotiations work."


He sort of got that second one from Twitter.

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