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Obama to National Press Corps: 'We Are Not a Deadbeat Nation'

In his last press conference of his first term, the president struck a defiant stance, explaining why he spurned Democrats' pleas for an end run around Congress on the debt ceiling.

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True enough. But the Obama who appeared today at the presidential podium seemed wearily consigned to his role of pleasing no one -- not the Democratic leaders who implored him to unilaterally borrow money to pay the nation's debt, and surely not Republican leaders, who are hostages of the right.

Even his jokes were rueful.

"The nice thing is, is that now that my girls are getting older, they don’t want to spend that much time with me, anyway," Obama said. "So I’ll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with or something, okay, because I’m getting kind of lonely in this big house."

Then he added: "So maybe a whole bunch of members of the House Republican caucus want to come over and socialize more."

The New York Times has the full transcript of President Obama's January 14, 2013, press conference, here


Adele M. Stan is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., who specializes in covering the intersection of religion and politics. She is RH Reality Check's senior Washington correspondent.

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