By Sam Youngman - 07/29/11 03:10 PM EDT
President Obama said Friday that despite "all the intrigue and all the drama" on Capitol Hill, he is confident Congress can get a deal to raise the debt ceiling before the Aug. 2 deadline.
Obama, who has stayed behind closed doors while Congress has engaged in internecine battles that have sent tremors through the markets, said again that he is open to proposals that would force more cuts in government spending.
The president's remarks Friday were much more positive and his tone more optimistic than a week ago, when he came to the White House room to chastise congressional leaders, saying "we have run out of time" in the debt negotiations.
But today's message was: "There are plenty of ways out of this mess."
He pressed for action from the Senate, calling on leaders there to come up with a compromise plan that could pass both chambers of Congress.
Pointing to measures from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' Reid: We're not breaking the budget deal Overnight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump and Ryan to speak by phone Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes MORE (R-Ky.), the president said there "are multiple ways to solve this problem."
The president's remarks come after the House postponed a Thursday vote on the GOP debt plan because it lacked the votes to pass.
Obama also echoed remarks he made Monday in his address to the nation, encouraging people to call their members of Congress. That action earlier this week led to a crash of congressional switchboards and websites.
But the president said Friday: "Make a phone call, send an email, tweet.
"Keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this."
The president made clear he was still opposed to any short-term measures that would have the U.S. "relive this crisis in just a few short months, holding our economy captive to Washington politics again."
Obama spoke of the threat of the country losing its triple-A credit rating, and the "inexcusable" and inevitable rise in interest rates that would follow "because we didn't have a triple-A political system to match our triple-A credit rating."
The president spoke of crises that are beyond the control of Washington, "hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks."
"This isn't one of those crises," Obama said. "This is one burden we can lift ourselves. We can end it with a simple vote."
Watch Obama below.