"The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next," he said. "Let's agree, right here, right now, to keep the people's government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America."
The president did touch on one agenda item that engendered more cooperation than others: comprehensive immigration reform. The president once again outlined his principles for reform, including tighter border security and an earned pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Obama also lauded bipartisan action in the House and the Senate toward crafting a bill and he urged lawmakers to act swiftly.
"Now let's get this done," he said. "Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away."