WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama emerged bruised but victorious from the latest budget war on Wednesday and said there was much work to do in a deeply divided Washington to win back the trust of the American people.
Obama's firm stance against negotiating over extending the US debt ceiling, a position he staked out early this year and stuck to despite pressure to back off, appeared to have paid off as Congress was heading toward reopening the government and extending he US debt ceiling.
Obama said in a brief appearance at the White House that he would give a more extensive speech about the way forward on Thursday.
"I've 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," Obama said.
While Obama spoke of the need for bipartisanship, he ruffled feathers among some Republicans by speaking before the Republican-controlled House of Representatives had voted on a measure - just approved by the Democratic-led Senate - to end the fiscal impasse.
"Absurd," tweeted Mike Long, spokesman for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
The House was scheduled to vote on the matter later on Wednesday.
David Schnittger, deputy chief of staff to House Speaker John Boehner, took note of Obama's comments on how politicians can disagree without being disagreeable by pointing to more inflammatory language that emanated from the White House during the fiscal crisis, like "gun to the head," "nuclear bomb" and "burning down the house."
Obama said the federal government would begin reopening immediately as soon as he signs the legislation. The latest budget fight, he said, showed that despite their differences, Republicans and Democrats could work together.