Nightly News | April 09, 2011
>> joined by david grego gregory, moderator of "meet the press." seeing the president celebrating the deal by greeting tourists today makes you wonder if you weren't watching the first campaign stop of his re- election campaign discipline the white house see the president as the ultimate winner in this showdown?
>> well, they may, but i think it's a little early to start crowning winners out of a situation that leaves a lot of americans disgusted with washington . and that's all on sides of this. the president was at the lincoln memorial talking about cooperation between republicans and democrats in congress. i don't think this is really a great model of cooperation. coming precariously close to shutting down the government, endangering pay for our soldiers who are fighting in afghanistan and iraq. over tens of billions of dollars and big ideological policy differences when, as mike talks about, next year's budget, dealing with huge issues like entitlement spending, the differences are much wider, both ideologically and the numbers are so much bigger. so the country faces real problems. this went to the 11th hour. this is hardly a bright moment for any side in washington .
>> and continuing on that point as we look to this debt ceiling battle to come, has either side been weakened by what we just went through this week?
>> well, again, i think the well has been poisoned. i think the two sides are or entrenched. there seems to be not a great deal of desire to legislate in washington , which is why lawmakers are elected and why they come here to legislate and compromise. republicans only control one-third of the government. democrats control the rest. what was striking about what the president said if you listen to his comments made friday night he sounded very much like a republican, talking about the need to cut spending. that's the re-election play here. he wants the american people to know, particularly those independent voters, that he is in line with what a lot of americans want, which is less government, trimming down the size and the scope of government. he wants to be able to say, look, i brought the sides together. i averted the shutdown. and i'm on board with cutting government spending . that's the message he wants to drive next year.
>> david gregory in our washington newsroom. much more on all of this on "meet the press." david's guests include the president's senior adviser david plouffe and congressman paul ryan . that's tomorrow morning on "meet the press."