tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN October 17, 2013 1:00am-2:00am EDT
>> my goal was to get on this show. >> goal achieved. thanks to ann coulter, later on, we'll be back with my guests, anthony weiner. good night. the u.s. steps back from the brink of disaster. >> hopefully next time it wouldn't be in the 11th hour. >> there is a deal to raise the debt limit. and to reopen the government. >> we fought the good fight. we just didn't win. >> republican lawmakers blinked first in the 16-day staring contest, and they're not happy. >> this is a terrible deal. >> this is as far left as many of us had hoped for frankly, but it is far better than what some have sought. >> what could the back lash mean for the party, and the country?
markets seem happy with the deal. >> the eyes of the world have been in washington all this week. and that is a ground under statement. >> but had the damage already been done overseas? >> hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> this is cnn news room, of course, one story today, u.s. president barack obama has signed a bill to end the government shutdown and raise the country's debt limit. >> the bill passed both houses of congress wednesday night including the republican-controlled house of representatives. the measure will fund the government until january 15th, and raise the u.s. debt limit
until february 7th. >> so this is short-term, just a few months, but by tomorrow, federal workers are being told to expect to return to work. mr. obama spoke with reporters after the senate vote. listen. >> i have got some thoughts about how we can move forward in the remainder of the year and stay focused on the job at hand. because there is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the american people that has been lost over the last few weeks. and we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about. >> now, this 11th hour compromise came after talks between senate leaders on tuesday night. and it is a process that the majority leader, harry reid says he never wants to go through again. >> let's be honest. this is pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason, and we can't, cannot make the same mistake again. >> we have this story covered from all the angles, from the
political. we are here to break down the deal and the impact and what the fiasco has had internationally. >> okay, let's get all the details of the deal itself, aaron, do we have a deal here? or do we just have a delay? are we going to go through this all again 90 days from now? >> well, it is somewhere in between a deal and a delay. you hear it quite often. people saying here in washington that the vote to raise the debt limit is something that happens r routinely. and we've seen this quite a bit since 2001. this is the 13th time that congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling since 2001. but we're seeing it happening more frequently. and that is part of the problem here that we're going to have to go through this all over again. now president obama did say tonight that he doesn't think we'll see the same thing happen when it comes up again in january and february.
but of course, it is too early to be seen. republicans have made clear that they want to use the debt limit as leverage, but some republicans are saying that strategy just is not working anymore. >> okay, so what is the timing here? when does the government actually get back to business? when do the workers actually turn up for their jobs? >> well, as you said at the top of the show, president obama signed this bill within the last half hour or so. and the federal government is now actually reopened. one national park said that they were reopening tonight. and federal workers will return to work in the next eight hours or so. so we're already seeing the government open again. >> okay, 16 long days, a lot of nastiness and a lot of tears. what did the republicans actually end up getting? >> not much at all, actually.
and i want to show you that something -- something that lindsey graham, a senator from carolina, he wanted them to give up the demands. he took to twitter earlier to say we, as republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in american political history. and i'll tell you the few little things they got, one small change on obama care. it was a fraud protection measure, but certainly not the delaying or de-funding that they wanted, and even a repeal of the tax that they thought at the 11th hour they may get. one thing they did get is a smaller level of funding for the government than democrats wanted or were comfortable with. that is something you hear a lot, two small concessions. >> all right, thank you, early night, morning in washington, d.c. >> well, we're about what? 12 hours ahead of hong kong here in -- on the east coast of the united states. so markets have been opened in
the asia-pacific region, and they're reacting to the washington compromise. here is a look at the indices, but not a wild move in that direction, japan is up half a percent, wall street rallied, the dow jones closed more than 200 points, or nearly one and a third percent, same thing for the nasdaq composite and the s&p 500. all right, let's talk more about the economy, the impact it will have on the economy, not just in the united states but around the world. standard and poors says 20 billion is what it will cost the u.s., about one and a half billion for each day of the shutdown, and standard and poors warned the impact is not over. it says consumer confidence has been hurt by the shutdown.
and if the issue resurfaces, people will be nervous and afraid to open up their checkbook. now, it was two years ago that america downgraded -- >> so what is s&p thinking right now in the wake of yet another 11th hour deal? well, cnn asked the managing director, john chambers. >> the reason we're at double a, and not triple a, a couple of reasons, that you have to worry about the united states not paying its debt on time indicates it is not worthy of a triple a rating. we believe we'll be back here in january, worrying about the same issues, and given the composition of congress, it will probably still be acrimonius, so we'll just have to see, but i fear this is a permanent feature of our budgetary process.
>> a permanent feature. washington has not solved the problem definitively, essentially they just bought time until early next year. let's bring in my colleague, live at cnn new york. international reaction, we're seeing a mild uptick for asian markets, for instance, this was expected. essentially investors saying look, washington is not crazy enough to allow the u.s. to default, for instance. so this is why we're not seeing major gain. >> yes, not only that, washington has behaved exactly as the markets thought that they would. in other words, at the last possible moment, they pulled themselves back from the brink. and in doing so they will have reinforced that feeling in the markets so that come january and february, the markets will once again say oh, well, we know how this game plays out. but it is a very dangerous game
to play. as both fitch, in their statement yesterday, and s&p in their statement today made clear. because this is what they have done. spot what i have got in my hand. it is old, it is battered. and it has been kicked down the road many times. this is the proverbial can, and what the markets and the rest of the world says, we are used to the united states kicking the can down the road. in 2011, they did it six times, they did it in the past couple of years, and all that really happens is nothing changes. >> i say the first person to kick the can down the road would have to put a dollar in the jar, so it is officially you, richard quest. are these scenarios doom and gloom that the united states will lose its standing, that the dollar will be weakened. when essentially look at the numbers, still very much the richest country in the world.
the gdp of the countries combined, practically, are people exaggerating here? >> no, they are, and yes they are, it is not going to happen overnight, there is no question of course, where does the 600-pound guerilla sit? wherever it wants to. that effectively means that of course, if you have got to largest most liquid market nes the world, which is what the u.s. buys, it means people will need to buy them. you start to look at the eurozone that has its act together, they're starting to put their act together. china, it is not going to happen overnight by any means, but there is no question that the credibility has been called into doubt. and more importantly, the frustration has risen to levels not seen before. >> it is like the movement of
tectonic plates, when it happens, it happens a long time. >> exactly, that will cost you a dollar. >> thank you, richard quest, good to talk to you, we'll see you a little later as we continue to talk about this important story, not just for america but for the rest of the world. >> absolutely, stock markets in asia are reacting to the debt deal, we looked earlier. >> right, from tokyo, to shanghai to -- >> and we'll go live to beijing, the largest holder of foreign debt in just a minute. [thinkin? the son picks up the check? [thinking] i'm still working. he's retired. i hope he's saving.
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all right, welcome back everyone as we continue our live coverage on cnn and cnn international, what happened in washington today, the u.s. government's debt ceiling crisis is over for now. >> yes, the question is will we all have to go through this again in january? was this really all just about a 90-day extension? richard quest spoke with the harvard economist. >> we got the deal down, to january 14th, the february deal on the debt ceiling, you know how he said it on this program. our viewers know this is just more than kicking the can down the road, isn't it? there is an inability to get this grand bargain. >> i think the odds are as bad when it comes up in january and february are actually less, i think this is a small win for are certain places you just don't go. a little more optimistic on the outlook from this, but again
there are still deep divisions across the house and senate. it doesn't solve them, so it doesn't mean the government will suddenly turn very productive. >> many countries around the world are watching this closely, on the debt drama playing out in washington. the most of "marketplace" joins us to talk about the reaction. ky, good to speak to you, a lot of people wonder if this is any way to run the country. so apart from the fear, the absurd playing out in two weeks, what has been the real damage done to the u.s. economy, especially in the eyes of international investors. >> yeah, it is absolutely not a wait around economy, and i think it is one of the soft powers that you have seen developing. if you remember in 2011, we went through the same exact thing, when the damage started and the credit rating agencies, saying no, it is not the american economy, there is plenty of
strength there, it is the american system that is bad. they said it two years ago, fitch said it yesterday in their notes, so the international investors, they're looking at us slightly cockeyed, i have to back up what richard said, we're the biggest, largest economy, you have a lot of cash in your market, the united states is where to park it. the dollar is where you go. that doesn't mean as you remarked earlier that the chinese and others are not thinking about diversifying. >> china takes a long view, congress seems to take 90 days, talking about the politics in all of this, does it help in any way with the perception that president obama managed to stare down the tea party and he gave for concessions?
>> here is why that matters, i completely agree with ken rogoff, in february, let's be clear what that date means, the february 7th date means the united states can't borrow after that date. there will be moving around money, not like we're doing this on the sixth of february, i think the fact that the republicans proved they knew where the out of bounds was, the debt limit, the full faith and credit of the united states was not something to be messed with, that makes it less likely that this debate is as acrimonious, but everybody knows how we'll have it. >> the political context, bigger picture here, the united states likes to have a moral authority, if you like, when i comes to lecturing other countries on how they should run their countries. you mentioned the 2011 debt ceiling debacle back then. it will be hard for the u.s. to
lecture the eu about their debt, isn't it? >> let's go even further, back to 2008, the crisis which started in this country, and exported. they're still dealing with it. it is very tough for us to say let's get your house in order. i think it is interesting that christine lagarde felt that it was go to come out and say oh, yes, it is finally good that the american government and congress will fix this. it is not a position that the united states likes to find itself in. you know? and i think it is kind of a problem. >> congress has found a solution to a crisis which congress created. talking about the u.s. debt. very quickly. this essentially comes down to the debt issue here, republicans versus democrats on that. but the u.s. debt burden, the percentage of gdp is actually coming down, the united states is not greece, right? they need a -- a long-term
budget deal. >> absolutely, we have a lot of problems that we need to figure out how to deal with. in terms of what we have to do right now, reducing the annual deficit is not really -- ought to be on the top of the list. >> okay, host of marketplace, a great radio show, we always listen to it at our house, 6:30 eastern, we appreciate you guys. >> good to talk to you. all right, let's take a look at how markets are reacting. we told you about the asian markets just moments ago, how they're reacting positively, although the uptick is mild. take a look at the numbers here, as we see here, hong kong down from the session highs, flat there, the shanghai compose is up. and the nikkei, up, more on this reaction. so the expectation was, john, that this deal would be reached,
even though it would be a last-minute deal. so there is relief, but not surprise. >> indeed, in hong kong after spending time at the world energy congress in south korea, where we spoke to major leaders about this debt crisis, i'll get to that in just a moment. we've seen an asian rally market, let's take the screen shot again. the nikkei was trading better than 1%, most trading a half if not three quarters of a percent, going back to the opening hours in asia, we saw dollar-backed assets rising, as well. gold up $5, that is trailing, we saw the dollar stronger with the yen, that is trailing, oils coming off of the high today, there is relief about the rally, but it is not helping the dollar-paced assets, investors were not surprised the deal was done, worry that the u.s. cannot get its house in order is the
buzz word here, in asia, it is the same thing about the markets, as well. a disappointment time and time again, this comes back to the table. if you're looking for a silver lining, it is that the federal reserve has been supportive on the quantitative easing, there is talk of them pulling back at the end of september, maybe october, november, with this sort of uncertainty in january and february, it is very unlikely that the new chairwoman, janet yellen, can pull out that quantitative easing with so much uncertainty. u.s. is going just over 2%, they can't afford to create that sort of uncertainty after this budget debacle. >> all right, thank you very much. john? >> that is how the markets in asia have been reacting. the biggest question, though, what about the world's second
there. we were almost -- almost over the cliff, but finally in the end, as expected, a last-minute deal. china, of course has been closely watching this debt drama, china is the biggest foreign holder of u.s. debt. so the stakes for beijing are high. and as reported, the world's second largest economy may have realized some unexpected dividends because of the u.s. shutdown. >> reporter: the threat of the shutdown has given the chinese state media a huge opportunity, claiming that the u.s. fiscal failure warrants de-americanized world. >> for the past several years, beijing has been trying to project this power, namely that the chinese model is the best, particularly for the developing countries. so this fiscal mess, which washington has gotten into, i think, has provided them with a good excuse, for ammunition, to shut down the so-called american
consensus. >> it is a message that the economist party hopes does well at home and abroad. they push their agenda as the world's second largest economy to have more fiscal clout on the world stage. china's wildly successful cash surplus economy has continued, and it has been safe for the technocrats to park much of their cash. even with the debt ceiling issue, china doesn't have a quick fix alternative. >> unless the chinese government is willing to switch from exported driven model, to more consumption or more balanced growth model, you don't have much choice. >> reporter: a long-term goal of the chinese government, yes, and in the short-term and medium term, china will have to put up with d.c.'s dysfunction, because
it still needs u.s. debt just as much as the u.s. needs china's cash. >> david joins us now live from beijing, and david, if beijing is complaining about all of this, really, the chinese only have themselves to blame, don't they, because essentially they have been gorging on u.s. treasuries for years. >> well, decades, and the chinese leader's may disagree with you, saying in fact it is the u.s. politicians who are to blame for the mess, not them. but yes, china has used the u.s. treasury bills to park their money, the trillions they earned in the trade surplus, with the u.s. particularly. the exchange has been such that china's exported goods got cash in return, and then wants a place to put that cash. china has a massive cash surplus, trillions of dollars. it is not just the u.s. treasury bonds part of the picture, they more than double that in the
u.s. assets, so this whole period has been difficult for chinese authorities, though it is clear that they will continue to put money in u.s. treasuries because it is a large market, relatively safe, in spite of this wrangling in washington, and also a liquid market so they can move money in and out with some ease. >> exactly, so if china wants to wean itself off the u.s. treasuries, essentially, they're going to have to change their entire economic system. and right now there doesn't seem to be an appetite for that. >> well, certainly nothing that is going to happen in the short or medium term. they can't just flip a switch and change the way they operate this country. jobs have been gotten for people here in china because of that export-driven economy. they want to shift towards a more consumer or normal economy, but that is going to take years, if not decades, so really, there is very little room for the economist party to maneuver. they have looked at other
options, one economist telling me there is an active discussion going on in beijing of how to wean itself off the u.s. dollar assets and u.s. treasury bonds, in part because of the chaos they receive in washington, but also the world stage, becoming the dominant fiscal player. there is no way they can do that in next few years, at least. >> as the crisis plays back in washington, has there been a blowback from within china? >> well, this is interesting, on social media, the twitter-like site here, john, people have been complaining, asking pretty straightforward questions, which is if we have all of this money, why are we putting it in a country where there is this dysfunction? and where we could have lost massive amounts of our own money because of a country that we are
economic rivals to. so certainly, because there are around 2 million citizens who look at the internet, the government is allowing the discussion to happen. throw pie at the face of the u.s. but hope they come up with a deal, which they did, because the u.s. and china need each other like never before. >> like two drunks, stumbling down the street, keeping each other up. david mckenzie in beijing live for us, thank you. and with the deadlock in washington resolved, time now for the blame game, just ahead, moderate republicans point the fingers at their own hardliners. and while some are being blamed, some will be praised for their role in the washington shutdown, like this man of the cloth. that story is also coming up. ♪ as your life and career change, fidelity is there for your personal economy, helping you readjust
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agreements arrives on my desk, i'll signed immediately. we'll begin to reopen our government immediately and we'll begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty from our businesses and the american people. >> president obama there, welcome back to cnn news room to our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> of course, the president was speaking a little earlier today. he has now signed the deal and made it at about 28 minutes past midnight. he actually put his signature on that deal which has reopened the government and allowed the treasury to go out and borrow more money. >> so we continue our coverage of the drama and chaos in washington. u.s. federal employees sent home without pay over two weeks ago.
will finally be returning to work today, thursday. >> that is all because of this congressional compromise, that raised the debt ceiling, avoiding possible default, but as shannon travis reports, the joy, the happiness, relief. it may not last long. >> without objection, the motion is agreed to. >> the motion is adopted. >> and with minutes to spare, the u.s. economy dodged a bullet, first, the senate passed its bipartisan plan with overwhelming support, then hours later, the house with mostly democratic votes did the same. following the vote, the president thanked republicans and democrats. >> once this agreement arrives on my desk, i will sign it immediately. we'll begin reopening our government immediately. and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the american people. >> coming this close to a possible default, the president said he hopes all parties learned a lesson. the details of the plan, fund the government until january
15th. raise the debt limit until february 7th. set up budget negotiations in the house and senate in hopes of reaching a long-term deal, for those seeking subsidies under obama care and back pay for furloughed federal workers. >> we'll have a second chance between now and january to prove to the american people that the party can govern, and the congress can address the problems that face us. >> now, the clock is already ticking to the next economic showdown, where we could do this all over again. or will we? >> mr. president, is this going to happen all over again in a few months? >> no. >> shannon travis, cnn, washington. >> opinion polls show that americans place much of the blame for what happened on the republic republicans. and some moderate republicans feel the same way about the hard line conservatives within their
own ranks. >> reporter: on the senate floor, john mccain slammed both sides on the shutdown. >> it is one of the most shameful problems i have seen. >> reporter: but in print, he was tougher on his own caucus, telling "the new york times," the republicans have lost this battle as i predicted weeks ago they would not be able to maintain. he said we really did go too far, we screwed up. others say while they believe president obama was too inflexible in the standoff, it was the republicans who over-reached by hammering obama care. >> the republicans are not going to believe he is responsible, when they're trying to undo a law. when you tie it into the debt ceiling and possibly reneging on the money they already spent, i don't think it is a message they can ruin.
>> senator ted cruz has been blasted. the houston chronicle says that cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where hutchinson would have been part of the solution. another conservative group whose tactics are now under fire, it pressured the wavering republicans, their leader dismissed it that it was a losing battle. >> they should focus on the way it is ruining people's lives, not settling scores about tactical differences they agree with. >> but analysts say they will still question the tactics? >> has that hard line been discredited by this defeat? there is no other word for it. and does that then allow other voices in the caucus to allow for a different direction.
>> another big question coming out of this, does john boehner keep his speakership, gop strategists say he likely will, he has the votes to stay in. and who would want the job after this anyway, brian todd, cnn, washington. and let's look closely at the political fallout. paul sr., joining me live from washington, d.c. the rest of the world is looking at washington and saying what is this chaotic crisis to crisis management of of the u.s. government. but in the end, were there winners or losers this evening in d.c.? >> well, i think you know, president obama won. he went into this negotiation saying they were not going to negotiate or do any changes to obama care, and we are going to raise the debt ceiling and extend federal spending. and then we'll have a longer conversation about the budget. that is what happened in the end, so he wins and looks like he is a man of fortitude at this
moment. i think the republican party may have lost because they look like they couldn't basically run a two-car train. i mean, it was such a chaotic mess in the house, and the senate republicans were at war with the house republicans and the house republicans were at war with themselves, it did not look like a well managed operation. and i think it is bad for them in the public eye. >> so how is this going to change strategy for the gop, because as we mentioned it is a short-term deal, we talked about raising the debt ceiling for the next few months. so next time around, what will the republicans do differently? >> i don't know, and i don't know because the tea party wing of the republican party that really was driving a lot of this argument, that said we're not going to pass these bills until we get changes in obama care, they believe they won. they believe that they have succeeded in making their case, and in standing up for their people. or the grass roots that they
represent. and they may very well want to do it again. and it may not be -- easily convinced to lay that argument on the table in order to have a more graceful transition or a more graceful negotiation for the party in a couple of months. >> so what does that mean for the party then, a party divided, where more moderate republicans that perhaps were more vulnerable in their districts now, are going to have to find a way to navigate this. >> you know, the problem is there are not a lot of republicans that are vulnerable in their districts. the way congress is redistricted, if you're a republican you're biggest concern, really, is running -- is having a primary challenge from your right. not having a general election challenge from the left, from a democrat. and so for a lot of these folks you will see they vote this way in part because they're trying to fend off a primary challenge from the very conservative tea
party back in their district, that is where the argument is, they're not really worried about the november ballot. >> so this was as you mentioned, a victory for the president, barack obama, but what about his second term now? all the goals outlined in the state of the union address at the beginning of the year, i mean, it has not been in terms of the accomplishments for the president, the most successful year. >> right, and tomorrow he will come up to the podium and talk about the other agenda items he would like to address, particularly immigration. and there are a lot of republicans who are very angry about who this particular debt went on, and they may not want to play along, keep in mind, now we're going to have a discussion about the long-term fiscal plan, including probably talking about arguing over tax increases and spending cuts and possibly entitlement cuts. that is going to be very hard to try to do that and also pass a big immigration bill or something else.
>> it looks like more paralysis in the works? >> that is what i anticipate, you have to look at the way the american set up is at this point. at this point there is no way to drive major change. the minority, the republican party minority is strong enough to block most things, the democratic majority in the senate wants to do. in the house, there is a republican majority. but it is divided over what to do. and they can't get things through the senate. paralysis is the way we expect to do things. >> paul singer, joining us at this late hour, thank you for joining us. >> mr. pleasure. >> and there is a new senator, cory booker of new jersey, winning a special election to fill the seat of late senator, frank lautenberg, who will become the first
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other u.s. officials, european officials expressing more reservations, but it gives a sense of more hope here, they have already planned the next round of talks, they will meet again in geneva, meanwhile, both sides will meet to discuss the details of iran's plan. there are still substantive disagreements, u.s. officials say there are differences, for instance over how quickly and how substantively the sanctions against iran's economy would be eased, also saying iran needs to provide more of a plan on the uranium program. one official said the work is hard and the agreement is not guaranteed. but clearly the start here in geneva, very hopeful. jim sciutto.
and a small island getting the brunt of the typhoon. >> at least 18 people were killed, dozens still missing after houses were swept away by torrential rains and heavy flooding, as well as mudslides. >> hey, guys, yeah, the storm system was a category 4 equivalent just a couple of days ago, so a m aeenacing storm acr tokyo, it pulled up to the coastline on tuesday, within 100 kilometers or 60 miles away from the population center of 9 million people there. this was the scene across tokyo, wind gusts, hurricane forces across this region, keep in mind in tokyo, the winds are really funneled and strengthened
through the high structures, causing damage. some international flights cancelled across the tokyo airports, the trains restored across the region, now power outages as well. 75 miles south of tokyo, the island there, with the city of oshima, it was hell on earth wednesday across this region, 823 millimeters of rainfall, take the city of london, seattle, and the u.s. state of washington, that is the amount of rainfall they have seen in the entire year, oshima saw, that is why there are at least 17 people missing and fatalities, they set daily records, most rainfall in a two-hour period occurring here in the past 24 hours, we do have
another typhoon, this is the 26th one of the season sitting out there in the western pacific. the track could get very close to oshima, so we'll watch this all across the region. >> it has just been one storm after the other. >> the busiest in the pacific. >> okay, thank you for that. we'll take a short break here on cnn news room, but just ahead. >> well, call it let's make a deal, the d.c. edition, the lighter side of the u.s. budget battle. erican dream is of a better future, a confident retirement. those dreams, there's just no way we're going to let them die. ♪ like they helped millions of others. by listening. planning. working one on one. that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you. that's how ameriprise puts more within reach. ♪
the u.s. government shutdown made him perhaps the most famous chaplain in america. >> yeah, we're talking about barry black, he officially opens each session of the senate. he used his daily prayers to scold the senate. >> here is the deal that was taking shape. >> lord, we see a faint light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. thank you for lawmakers who understand that when everyone loses, america loses. lord, keep them from making any decision that will seem reckless in the sober light of hindsight. we pray in your mighty name,
amem. >> a great orator and voice, as well, makes you wonder what he would have said if the deal had not worked out. but of course it did. and senate majority leader harry reid paid tribute to him. >> during this long period of crisis in this country, he has been a voice of stability, a voice of inspiration to me, and i'm being very selfish in saying me, it has been for the entire senate and for the country. his heartfelt prayers are so timely and so sensitive, to the needs of our country. and the need that we all have to call upon our spirituality to get us through periods of
difficulty. >> high praise there, but perhaps the chaplain's highest honor came last weekend when he was portrayed in a very funny parody on tv's saturday night live. >> yeah, indeed, i guess that is high praise. the ink is still not dry on the deal to reach for the government. >> senator ted cruz, leading the press pack, as he headed for -- wait a minute, the about face, the microphone, as uncle sam turned the boat before it went over the falls, say good-bye to the shutdown jokes. >> our congress continued to play the game, no deal or no deal. >> there is a deal in the works. >> this is a done deal.
>> the miss and tenor of the deal. >> like stevie wonder said, signed, sealed and delivered. >> or as the senate chaplain said. >> lord, we see the end of the dark tunnel. >> amen, now that the possible shutdown and default are behind us, in the rear-view mirror, so to speak, so are some of the special moments. >> i'm going to demonstrate if the republican side will look at me, i'll show you who is responsible. right here, here you are. who is responsible for shutting down the national parks. >> but what are we going to do without all of those weird metaphors. senator cruz was compared to a rabbit by a republican consultant. >> he is having bunny sex, the snow shoe hare -- >> are you high? >> just hours before a deal was struck, a fox news psychiatrist used president obama's tough
talk. >> you do not hold people hostage. >> reporter: to analyze the president. >> i think it went back to when his dad abandoned him. the president sees himself as victim-in-chief. >> reporter: it is enough to make your head explode. cartoonist turning the movie gravity into insanity, with the space ship exploding, and the voters untied, floating off into the space. there was a tweet by pee-wee herman, no government default, 15 more days until halloween. maybe congress deserves a prize for making a deal. make it one way, why stop at finger pointing when you can point mirrors? jeannie moos, cnn, for new york. >> it was a very long day for
capitol hill. >> one of the house reporters reached her breaking point, storming the floor while they took a break. take a look. it is hard to see and hear her with all that is going but she is there at the center of the podium. you see her highlighted there. she yelled do not be deceived. god shall not be mocked. >> she was escorted by the sergeant at arms, people who know her said they were surprised by her actions. >> the cnn news room, straight ahead, stay with us. i was made to work. make my mark with pride. create moments of value. build character through quality. and earn the right to be called a classic. the lands' end no iron dress shirt. starting at 49 dollars.