Historic Call: Obama Talks With Iran's President
He also tells GOP to 'knock it off' in regard to the budget
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
President Obama addresses the press Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama went to the White House briefing room this afternoon to scold House Republicans—"knock it off, pass a budget, and move on"—but he made more news with a brief announcement beforehand: Obama revealed that he had spoken on the phone with Iran President Hasan Rouhani and was confident the two nations could reach a nuclear deal. That call marks the first time leaders from the two nations have talked since 1979, reports CNN.

As for the congressional scolding: Speaking hours after the Senate passed its own version of a spending bill that restores money for ObamaCare, the president said House Republicans should follow suit to avoid a government shutdown on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post. The Affordable Care Act is a "done deal," said Obama, adding that he's open to working with Republicans on improving it, not gutting it. He again implored Congress not to make next month's deadline on the debt ceiling a political fight. Failure to raise the ceiling "would be far more dangerous than a government shutdown," he said. In fact, "we don't fully understand what might happen."

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Sep 29, 2013 12:14 AM CDT
Did our Spender-in-Chief bow down to the Iranain POS Prez?
Sep 28, 2013 10:16 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Republican's ex-President Richard M. Nixon's fans to speak to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is easy and anytime; but we Republicans like to know WHY the Democratic President Barack Obama only wants his limelight and TV news, there is still a US Marine Corps POW is sitting in Iran's prison, neither Obama-Clinton-Rice nor Kerry give a damn to our American Marine Corps POW has been jailed in Iran for 2 years+ now. We Republicans have NOT see Jimmy Carter to show up since his Iran sanction until Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shown up in the United Nations and Carter was hiding somewhere !
Sep 28, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
Thank you president Obama for not allowing the hate-filled republican extremists to affect your decision to seek peace with Iran. And thank you for not negotiating with fiscal terrorists like Boehner.