House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't mince words Thursday morning. She said the Republicans' "temper tantrum" cost the economy $24 billion.
From his lectern, Obama tried to sound like the adult in the room.
"Democrats and Republicans are far apart on a lot of issues and I recognize there are folks on the other side who think that my policies are misguided," he said. "That's putting it mildly. That's okay. That's democracy. That's how it work."
While he offered out his hand for future negotiations, Obama didn't stay completely above the fray. In the same sentence he blamed one faction of the Republican Party for the latest dysfunction, insisting that their goal is to cause chaos.
"Let's work together to make government work better instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse," Obama said.
Understanding that he needs the Republican Party to get anything done in Washington, he separated the party into two factions and implored the more rebellious to stay in line.
"You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it but don't break it. Don't break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That's not being faithful to what this country is about," he said.
While Obama tried to highlight the rifts in the Republican Party, perhaps hoping to exploit the divisions and then conquer, Republicans appeared united, at least for a few hours Wednesday night.
Moments before the House was set to vote on a deal to reopen the government, House Speaker John Boehner received a standing ovation, even from his most vocal Republican critics.
And one of those critics, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said Boehner's leadership through the latest battle has been "fantastic."
Then Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., put a damper on that party.
"This was a terrible idea. I told you at the beginning how it was going to end. We know if they try it again how it's going to end. So hopefully, they won't try to do this again, at least not in my lifetime," McCain said.