Nightly News   |  October 04, 2013

Not ‘winning’: Day 4 of shutdown brings few answers

In the latest from the shutdown showdown, House Speaker John Boehner showed a flash of anger Friday, claiming the White House is keeping score during the debate between political parties. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> so this is day four of the shutdown. it seems really no close to being solved than it was at this time last night. kelly o'donnell has an update tonight on where the showdown stands.

>> reporter: this lunchtime stroll became the president's message event of shutdown day four.

>> how's it going, everybody?

>> reporter: forced to cancel his four-country trip to asia. president obama and vice president biden visited a local sandwich shop.

>> i'm happy to have negotiations with the republicans and speaker boehner on a whole range of issues. but we can't do it with a gun held to the head of the american people .

>> reporter: a flash of anger today from house speaker john boehner who claims the white house is keeping score.

>> the wall street journal says, we don't care how long this lasts because we are winning. this isn't some damn game. the american people don't want their government shut down, and neither do i.

>> reporter: this quote from an unnamed white house official on the length of the standoff. we are winning. it doesn't really matter to us. winning became today's loaded word as the president reacted.

>> there is no winning when families don't have certainty about whether they are going to get paid or not.

>> reporter: the public is venting anger on social media . nbc asked for your thoughts on twitter, tracking this hashtag, # dearcongress. enough already. a woman from oklahoma writes, you're making americans look foolish. another says, you've all failed. grow up and figure it out. adding to the frustration, lawmakers tell me a majority would go right now to re-open the government. that won't happen tonight or this weekend. house leadership will not call for the vote to avoid further alienating tea party conservatives who still insist on using this fight to change the health care law .

>> kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol.

>>> two more notes about this shutdown. first, the president cancelled his upcoming trip to indonesia. that's the third time he has done so in his presidency. we mention ed this earlier. previous cancellations were because of the original health care debate and the bp oil spill.

>>> and look at what "the washington post " noticed about a weather statement from the national weather service in anchorage. there it is there. look there at the left-hand margin. all the letters down the side spell out "please pay us." the weather office working without pay like so many in the federal government while in this case continuing to get forecasts out on time every