Republicans are accusing the White House of not negotiating, but President Obama said he’s “bent over backwards” during his presidency to work with Republicans.  He said he’s “purposely” kept his “rhetoric” down — (even as top White House aides have called Republicans terrorists.

“I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy,” Obama said today during an interview with CNBC. “Sometimes people think I’m too calm.

“And am I exasperated?” he said of the government shutdown. “Absolutely I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary.”