President Obama spoke about the ongoing debt negotiations earlier this week in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images

Smiles at the start: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is at the far left. President Obama is at center left. They and other lawmakers were all smiles before the doors closed Wednesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Charles Dharapak/AP