NBCNews.com: “President Barack Obama has postponed visits to Malaysia and the Philippines so he can concentrate on dealing with the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, an administration official confirmed Wednesday. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that ‘logistically, it was not possible to go ahead with these trips in the face of a government shutdown.’”
The president and first lady have also canceled their appearance at tonight’s Hispanic Caucus gala. But the president added this Thursday: “visit a Maryland road-construction company Thursday that has been affected by the shutdown to urge Congress to pass a funding bill,” USA Today writes.
Obama accused Republicans of waging an “ideological crusade.”
The White House said the president would veto the House GOP’s piecemeal approach to try and fund things that are politically popular. Spokeswoman Amy Brundage said in a statement:
“The president and the Senate have been clear that they won’t accept this kind of game-playing, and if these bills were to come to the president’s desk he would veto them.”
More: "These piecemeal efforts are not serious, and they are no way to run a government. If House Republicans are legitimately concerned about the impacts of a shutdown – which extend across government, from our small businesses to women, children and seniors – they should do their job.”
AP: “Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed. President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs to portray House Republicans as out of touch even with their long-established corporate and financial patrons. Yet, the partial closing of the government and the looming confrontation over the nation’s borrowing limit highlight the remarkable drop in the business community’s influence among House Republicans, who increasingly respond more to tea party conservatives than to the Chamber of Commerce.”
To that point… USA Today notes: “On the second day of the government shutdown, President Obama talks Wednesday with CEOs about pressuring Congress into a budget settlement. Obama and Vice President Biden meet with members of the Financial Services Forum, an organization of business executives.”
Wall Street Journal: "The health-insurance marketplaces at the center of President Barack Obama's health law saw a surge of consumer interest Tuesday that surprised even many of the law's backers. But the debut proved patchy, with few applicants actually able to buy coverage on clogged websites that were bedeviled with technological problems. Federal officials said more than 2.8 million visitors between midnight and late afternoon contributed to long wait times for access to healthcare.gov, the website they are running for 36 states."
A CNBC poll found people are far more negative toward the name “Obamacare” than the “Affordable Care Act” – even though, of course, they are the same thing. Well, comedian Jimmy Kimmel had a little fun with that concept and found lots of people who had strong, differing opinions between the two.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about the divide between official “Washington” and “DC.” In the Atlantic, she says, “Official ‘Washington’ is wrestling with how long the government will stay closed. But for ‘D.C.’ and the less-well manicured suburban neighborhoods far from K Street and TV stand-up locations, life will continue regardless, as government workers try to figure out just how “essential” they are.”