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get that done. but, here is the bottom line. mcconnell, john boehner, myself, nancy pelosi, and harry reid, we have all spoken and talk about trying to negotiate a budget agreement. and, yes, speaker boehner's decision to step down complicates it, but i do think there is still a path or us to come up with a reasonable agreement that raises the spending caps to make sure we can properly finance both our defense and non-defense needs, controlntains a prudent of our deficits and that we can do that in short order. it's not that complicated. .ou know, the math is the math
what i have encouraged is that we get started on that work immediately and we pushed through over the next several outs and try to leave extraneous issues that may prevent us from getting a budget agreement. i know, for example, that there are many republicans who are angry about planned parenthood. i deeply disagree with them on that issue, and i think that it is mischaracterized -- it has mischaracterized what planned .arenthood does but you cannot have an issue like that potentially wreck the entire u.s. economy any more than i should hold the entire budget hostage to my desire to
do something about nonviolence -- gun violence. i feel just a strongly about that, and i think i have better evidence for it, but the notion that i would threaten the republicans that unless they gun safety measures that would stop mass shootings i'm going to shut down the government and not sign an increase in the debt ceiling would be irresponsible of me, and the american people rightly would reject that. same is true for them. there are some white that we fight individually -- there are some fights that we fight individually. they want to defund planned parenthood, there's a way to do that. pass a law, override my veto. that's true with a whole bunch of issues. that's how democracy works. i've got no problem with that,
.ut you have to govern i'm hoping that the next speaker understands that the problems speaker boehner had or mitch mcconnell had it not dismantling obamacare or not eliminating the department of education or not deporting every immigrant in becausentry was not speaker boehner or mitch mcconnell did not care about conservative pencils. -- conservative principles. it had to do with the fact that they cannot do it in our system of government, which requires compromise, just like i cannot do everything i want in passing an immigration bill or a gun safety bill, and that does not and tryhrow a tantrum to wreck the economy and put hard-working americans, who are just now able to dig themselves
out of a massive recession -- .ut them in harms way wrong thing to do. peter alexander. peter: thank you, mr. president. up on john'slow questions about an issue that is obviously deeply personal and moving to you, and that is the gun issue. apart from congress' in action, apart from the desire for new laws and apart from the gun lobbyists, you noted the pattern is that these perpetrators are angry, aggrieved, oftentimes mentally ill young men. is there something you can do with the bully pulpit, with your moral authority, with your remaining time in office to help reach these individuals who believe that gun violence is the way out? president obama: no. speakk i can continue to to the american people as a whole and hopefully model for
basic social norms about andcting violence cooperation and caring for other people, but there are a lot of , and havingt there been one myself once, i can tell , you know, us being able to identify or pinpoint who might have problems is extraordinarily difficult. i think we as a culture should think about how we nurture our kids, protect our kids, talk to them about conflict resolution, discourage violence, and i think there are rathermmunities where
than mass shootings, you are seeing just normal interactions that used to be settled by a despite settled with guns where maybe intervention programs and mentorship and things like that can work. that's the end that's -- that's the kind of thing we are trying to encourage through my brother's keeper, but when it comes to reaching every , 99.9% ofd young man home will hopefully grow out of it, i don't think that there is a silver will it. the way we are going to solve that when they act up, when they are disturbed, when that particular individual has a problem, that they cannot weapons that can perpetrate mass violence on a lot of people. because that's what other countries do. to emphasize this -- there's no showing that somehow inherently more violent
than any other advanced nation or that young men are inherently more violent in our nation than they are in other nations. i will say young men inherently are more violent than the rest of the population, but there's no sense that somehow if this is something in the american .haracter that is creating this levels of violence are on par between the united states and other advanced countries. what is different is homicide ands and gun violence rates mass shooting rates, so it's not that the behavior or the impulses are necessarily different as much as it is that they have access to more powerful weapons. julie edwards. julie: thank you, mr. president.
you just said you reject president putin's approach to syria. you said it was a recipe for disaster, but what are you willing to do to stop him and protect moderate opposition fighters? would you consider imposing sanctions against russia? would you go so far as to equip moderate rebels of antiaircraft weapons to protect them from russian aircraft, and how did you respond to critics who say project is outsmarting you, that he took a measure of you in ukraine and thought he could get away with it -- who say clinton -- who say putin is outsmarting you -- president obama: i get it. [laughter] president obama: i'm always struck by the degree to which not just critics but people by this narrative. when i came into office, america had precipitated the worst financial crisis in history, dragged the entire world into a massive recession.
we were involved in two wars with almost no coalition support . world opinion about united states was at a nadir. we were just barely above russia at that time and i think potentially slightly below china , and we were shedding 800,000 jobs a month and so on and so forth. today, we are the strongest large advanced economy in the world. probably one of the few bright spots in the world economy. our approval ratings have gone .p we are more active on more and forgenal issues international responses to everything from ebola to countering iso--- isil.
comes intoutin office at a time when the economy had been growing, and they were trying to pivot to a more diversified economy, and as a consequence of these brilliant moves, their economy is this year. 4% they are isolated in the world community, subject to sanctions that are not just applied by us but by what used to be some of their closest trading partners. their main allies in the middle were libya and syria, mr. gaddafi and mr. assad, and those countries are falling apart, and he has now just had to send in troops and aircraft in order to prop up his regime at the risk
of alienating the entire sunni world. so what was the question again? [laughter] no,ident obama: i mean -- but i think it is really interesting to understand. is not stronger as a consequence of what they have been doing. they get attention. the sanctions against ukraine and what in place, have consistently offered from a position of strength because the united states is not subject to sanctions, and we are not -- what ig 4% a year have offered as a pathway whereby they can get back onto a path of growth and do right by their people. 's actions have been
successful only insofar as it has boosted his poll ratings inside of russia, which may be impressed.tway is so because that tends to be the measure of success. of course, it's easier to do when you have a state-controlled .edia but this is not a smart, strategic move on russia's part. what russia has now done is not only committed its own troops which theituation in overwhelming majority of the population sees it now as an enemy but the sunni population throughout the middle east is going to see it as a supporter, and endorser of those barrel
.ombs landing on kids at a time when russia has a significant muslim population inside of its own borders that it needs to worry about. so i want russia to be successful. this is not a contest between the united states and russia. it is in our interest for russia to be a responsible, effective actor on the international stage that can share burdens with us along with china and europe and japan and other countries. because the problems we have our big, so i'm hopeful that mr. putin, having made this doubling down of the support he has provided to mr. assad, recognizes that this is not going to be a good, long-term strategy, and that he works
instead to bring about a political settlement, just as i hope that they can resolve the issues with ukraine in a way that recognizes russian equities the basic principles of sovereignty and independence that the ukrainian people should enjoy like everyone else. but until that time, we're going to continue to have tensions and not goings, but we're to make syria into a proxy war between the united states and russia. that would be bad strategy on our part. this is a battle between russia, against thesad overwhelming majority of the syrian people. and withe is with isil the entire international community to resolve the conflict in a way that can end the bloodshed and end the
refugee crisis and allow people to be at home, work, grow food, shelter their children, send those kids to school. that's the side we are on. this is not some, you know, ,uperpower chessboard contest and anybody who frames it in that way is not paying very close attention to what has been happening on the chessboard. all right, last question, major garrett. major: mr. president, good to see you. for the children there, i promise i will not take too long. president obama: good to see you. major: for the children, i promise i will not take too long. president obama: i have been boring them to death. major: i wonder if you could tell the country to a degree you are changed or moved by what you discussed in private with pope francis, what you think his
visit might mean for the country long-term, and is it too late for joe biden to decide if he will run for president, and lastly, just to clarify, to what degree did hillary clinton's endorsement just yesterday of a no-fly zone put her in a category of embracing a half eight answer in syria that borders on mumbo-jumbo -- half-baked answer in syria that borders on mumbo-jumbo? president obama: on the latter issue, the last question that you asked, hillary clinton is in terms of her approach to these problems. she was obviously my secretary of state. at i also think that there's difference between running for president and being president, and the decisions that are being made in the discussions of having with the joint chiefs andme much more specific require, i think, a different , and that isent
what i will continue to apply as if and i'm there, and when she is president, then she will make those judgments, and she has been there enough that that these are tough calls, but that -- >> [indiscernible] president obama: no, that's not what i said. that's what you said. we all want to try to relieve my suffering in syria, but job is to make sure that whatever we do, we are doing in a way that serves the national security interest of the american people, that does not lead to us getting into things that we cannot get out of or that we cannot do effectively, that weuch as possible
are working with international partners. we will continue to explore things we can do to protect people and to deal with the humanitarian situation and to provide a space in which we can of, youout the kind know, political transition that will be required to solve the , and i think hillary clinton would be the first to say that when you are sitting in the seat that i'm sitting in in the situation room, things look a little bit different because she has been right there next to me. i love joe biden, and he has got his own decisions to make. i will leave it up at. in the meantime, he is doing a great job as vice president and has been really helpful on a whole bunch of issues. love.rancis, i with a warm man
and a big moral i think he hadd such an impact in his visit here as he has had around the world because he cares so deeply about the least of these and in that what i consider to be as a christian the essence of christianity. and he's got a good sense of humor. well, i cannot share all his jokes. they were all clean. [laughter] and as i saida: in the southuction lawn when he appeared at the white house, i think it's really
useful that he makes us uncomfortable in his ginger away, that he's constantly prodding people's consciences and asking everybody all across the political spectrum what more you can do to be kind and to be helpful and to love. and to sacrifice and to serve. , i don't thinkse he is somebody where we should be applying, you know, the typical american political measures -- you know, liberal and conservative and left and right. i think he is speaking to all of and we all have to then search ourselves to see if there are ways that we can -- you know, we can do better.
>> [inaudible] president obama: you know, it did. i think that when i spent time with somebody like the pontiff and there are other individuals, some of whom are famous, some of whom are not, but who are good and deeply moral, then it makes me want to be better. makes me want to do better, and tose people are great gifts the world. sometimes they are just the teacher in a classroom. sometimes they are your neighbor. sometimes they are your mom or .our wife sometimes they are your kids, but, you know, they can encourage you to be better. that's what we are all trying to do. and that is part of the wonderful thing about pope francis, the humility that he
brings to this. theknow, his rejection of absolutism that says "i'm 100% wrong,"d you are 100% rather "we are all sinners and children of god." that is a pretty good starting point for being better. all right? thank you guys for your patience. you can now go home. [laughter] president obama: all right. thanks. dallas president obama live from the white house. a more than hour-long news conference answering a wide range of questions including the shooting in oregon, his syria policy, his dealings with vladimir putin, and as you just heard, finishing up with a perspective on his meeting with pope francis last week and washington, d.c. a couple of keynotes to point
out on the economic side -- the president making clear to members of congress, particularly the republican leaders in the house and then it , that he would no longer accept a short-term budget deal. earlier this week, the house and senate passed and sent to president obama a two-month extension that will run out on december 11. president obama laying down i got my, the first challenge for the expected new speaker of the house, kevin mccarthy, that he will not except a short-term agreement on that december 11 deadline. for ad, he's looking longer-term funding agreement that notably will do away with some of the spending caps that will -- that were implemented in 2011 led by speaker boehner's house republican congress. he also said he would not negotiate on the debt ceiling. jack lew telling negotiators yesterday that the new deadline would be november 5, about a month earlier than the congressional budget office had initially projected, putting up the timeline on what should be some contentious negotiations. one element of this that might be a wild card, speaker john
boehner announcing his resignation last week did he will stay in office until the end of october. there's some sense on capitol hill that perhaps john boehner will try to get this out of the way of the next leadership team before they have to take it on. so far, no sure sign that will be the case. president obama again reiterating the white house approach to the last couple of years. the debt ceiling is not something they will negotiate on. one of the key reasons for this press conference according to officials i have spoken to is the president wanted to address critics on syria, both related to russia's decision to deploy fighter jets and that strikes in the country recently as well as the broader syria policy, which has been criticized not just by republicans on capitol hill and the campaign trail but also by democrats. one of the key components of that strategy has been training and equipped of u.s. backed rebels. the president saying even he would knowledge that has not been successful but saying that there are no simple solutions. the president noting that president putin is working from a spot of weakness right now.
bashar al-assad, the syrian leader, and iran are really the only people in his coalition. the united states, the president said, has the rest of the world. on shootings, the president reiterating he does not see a clear way forward for changes to gun laws but said that he would rely on the bully pulpit. every signal time there would be a mass shooting from here on out, he would be the one to reject the need for changes both project the need for changes. a long, wide-ranging press conference from the president from the white house run the state dining room, over an hour speaking on a wide range of issues and finishing with pope francis where he stated, "hope " pope fr"cold -- ancis, i love. >> the six most valuable brands in the world. we impact a lot of audiences.
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(the lion sleeps tonight.) woman snoring take the roar out of snore. yet another innovation only at a sleep number store. ♪ >> good evening from manchester, new hampshire, on a very busy political day throughout the united states. president obama just finished a press conference at the white house where he discussed a range of issues including raising the debt ceiling, funding for planned parenthood, and hillary clinton's comments criticizing his syria policy, which the president dismissed. he said there's a difference between a president and presidential candidate. the big topic as well was the shooting in oregon yesterday on the question of gun control and gun safety. i'm here today with drew cline who was until this