President Barack Obama says he will be happy to negotiate with the House Republicans, but "not with a gun held to the country's head."
Of course, before the shutdown (of 17% of the government), President Obama said repeatedly that he would not negotiate.
So President Obama's statement is clearly false. This makes it look like President Obama will say anything he thinks he can get people to believe, regardless of whether it's true.
And, in other words, what Obama is saying is "Give me everything I want, and then I'll negotiate." But what will there be to negotiate about after the Republicans give Obama everything he wants?