Behind the scenes of the White House budget battle
(CNN) -- In a town where politicians like to keep score, the White House isn't boasting about victory.
Republicans and Democrats reached a budget deal late Friday night, averting the possibility of a partial government shutdown.
After the deal was reached, a top Obama advisor told reporters that it was a good night for the country. The American people won, a senior administration official said.
The White House was feeling optimistic that it was on the verge of a deal Thursday night.
When House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left the Oval Office meeting, "there was an agreement on range and composition," said another official.
But by 3 or 4 a.m. Friday, the officials described a breakdown.
The discussion at the staff level on the Hill no longer reflected the framework of the Oval office discussions, they said.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Government Shutdown Averted
At least we avoided the economic problems that come with a government shutdown. Now, we have to see what was sacrificed to the ideologues to prevent utter stupidity from ruining our country.