The question and answer session was part of the administration's effort to highlight the negative impacts of the shutdown and the looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling. In the past week, Obama has made several public appearances in an attempt to put pressure on Republicans to pass a "clean" funding bill, one with no "partisan strings attached" and reopen the government.
In the new ABC News/Washington Post poll 70 percent disapprove of the way Republicans are handling these negotiations, up 7 points from a week ago. The president has a 51 percent disapproval rating.
While there has been limited progress between the White House and Republicans, the lines of communication are open. The president phoned House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, this morning to reiterate that he is willing to negotiate with Republicans, but only after they agree to reopen the government and eliminate the threat of default.
Boehner's spokesman, however, said that "the president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won't negotiate on a government funding bill or debt-limit increase."
As the standstill continues, House Republicans are expected to vote on a measure to establish a new committee of lawmakers to immediately begin negotiating a deal to reduce the deficit, increase the debt limit, and end the shutdown.
Boehner, however, declined today to detail what he hopes to get out of the proposed talks.
"I want to have a conversation. I'm not drawing any lines in the sand," he said in a Capitol Hill news conference. "It's time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences."
ABC News' John Parkinson contributed to this report.