Republicans were quick to re-label the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare to personalize their dislike of the thing.
Even Boehner, typically known for his even keel, did a mocking impression of Obama on the House floor as the shutdown neared, parroting the president's voice in saying: "I'm not going to negotiate, I'm not going to negotiate. I'm not going to do this."
Newt Gingrich, the House speaker who orchestrated the last government shutdown in the 1990s, chimed in Tuesday to say that Obama "refuses to behave like an American president. He refuses to deal with the Congress as his equal, which it is in the Constitution."
Obama complained that House Republicans were "trying to mess with me" by passing a bill to cut off money for Obamacare.
But the president and the Democrats themselves have flung out plenty of overheated rhetoric, referring to Republicans as blackmailers, anarchists, extortionists, and more.
Obama offered assurances, though, that "we're not demonizing the other side."
Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.
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