Obama made the remark while walking to lunch near the White House with Vice President Joe Biden, per a pool report.
The administration official claimed anonymously that Democrats are winning a standoff over funding the federal government, which was forced by House Republicans Tuesday over a demand to delay and defund President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, and that it didn't "really matter" how long it lasts.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seized on the quote at a Friday news conference on the Hill and criticized the White House. "This isn't some damn game!" he exclaimed.