Republican members of Congress have barricaded themselves inside the House chambers, where they are holding hostages: the federal government, and the debt ceiling. The building is surrounded by angry citizens. President Obama has arrived and he and Speaker John Boehner are attempting to negotiate using bullhorns.
P: John, John Boehner, can you hear me?
B: I can hear you, what do you want?
P: I want you to release the federal government, and the economy, and then get back to work.
B: I can't do that.
P: Why not? You know the shutdown was a dumb idea in the first place. Give it up and then we'll talk.
B: I said I can't.
P: Why not?
B: I'm being held hostage, too. The Tea Partiers are afraid if they let me out I'll compromise.
P: What are their demands?
B: I better let the Speaker answer that.
P: Speaker? I thought you were the Speaker.
B: Not anymore. Here, I'll let you talk to Senator Cruz.
P: Senator Cruz, there's no way out of this for you and you know it.
C: We will not negotiate until you first meet all our demands.
P: You know there is no way I'm going to defund the Affordable Care Act.
C: Then forget about the debt ceiling. Hope you don't have a lot of money in a 401k.
P: Why don't we start with something smaller as a show of good faith?
C: What do you have in mind?