WASHINGTON (WJLA) - It was day two of the shutdown, and House Speaker John Boehner was at the White House, and tried to step out for a smoke, when a frustrated president grabbed him.
Boehner replied that he had been overrun. GOP in-fighting meant a solution was out of reach.
In the coming days, they floated every possibility, even talking of a "grand bargain" on taxes of government spending
The reaction was poor to say the least.
So the teeth gnashing continued. Some wanted Vice President Joe Biden to help broker a deal, but concerned he would concede too much, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shut him out.
Biden even admitted it wasn't his call.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz and his fiery fight to defund Obamacare was proving counterproductive, fellow republicans say. One fired away at him that, "the president gets up every day and reads the paper and thanks God that Ted Cruz is in the United States Senate."
Amazingly, it wasn't even until day 12 that Reid Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell started their negotiations. eventually, coming up with a solution.