"The problem that we've got is that for Speaker Boehner for example, him negotiating with me isn't necessarily good for the extreme faction in his caucus. It weakens him," Obama said in an interview with WABC. "So there have been repeated situations where we have agreements then he goes back and it turns out that he can't control his caucus."
Obama said that negotiations failed because of a small faction within the Republican party.
"The House Republicans still believe that they can get concesssions for doing their job, and making sure that the American people aren't hurt," he said.