WASHINGTON (AP) — His Asia trip was scrapped, most of his staff has been furloughed and he's refused to negotiate with House Republicans. So on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was looking for something to fill the time.
His destination? The White House briefing room, where reporters and photographers packed in for a hastily arranged news conference, eager for any sign of a breakthrough in Washington's latest round of gridlock. But there was little to say that hadn't been said already.
That didn't keep Obama from saying it all again during a news conference that stretched on for more than an hour. He promised that his opening statement would be brief — then proceeded to speak for nearly 15 minutes before taking questions.