President Barack Obama told the White House press corps late Wednesday that his ruthlessly partisan win in the three-week budget impasse shows the value of bipartisan moderation.

Eight days ago, he used the same podium in the same room to tell the same reporters that Republicans were acting like arsonists, kidnappers, deadbeats, butchers, lunatics and extortionists, obsessives, out-of-touch hostage-takers, nuclear-armed terrorists and extremists.

He also worked with Senate Democrats to block numerous agency bills passed by the GOP-led House, then slammed the GOP for not funding the agencies, and even tried to justify the tactic in his appearance last week.

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