President Barack Obama hinted at a news conference on Tuesday that he understands how things get done in Washington.

He admitted that he’s “tempted” to fund parts of the government, as Republicans have tried to do by passing bills that fund the National Park Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other critical government functions.

“Of course I’m tempted, because you’d like to think that you could solve at least some of the problem if you couldn’t solve all of it,” Obama said.

“But here’s the problem. What you’ve seen are bills that come up where — wherever Republicans are feeling political pressure, they put a bill forward. And if there’s no political heat, if there’s no television story on it, then nothing happens.

“And if we do some sort of shotgun approach like that, then you’ll have some programs that are highly visible get funded and reopened, like national monuments, but things that don’t get a lot of attention, like those SBA (Small Business Administration) loans, not being funded.”

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