October 4th, 2013
04:09 AM ET

Shutdown: Obama cancels Asia trip

U.S. foreign policy takes the latest hit as the government shutdown enters its fourth day.

With his focus on the brewing domestic crisis, the White House canceled President Barack Obama's trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia.

"The president made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government," a statement from the White House said.

Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the U.S. delegation in Asia.


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  1. Rascal Rabble

    ....personally approved and sponsored by boardgamer blunder: bonehead boehner!

    October 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Hi folks.
    problem @bobcat is that still majority of citizenry remains complacent and unaware by choice. Come elections and they would be driven again by rhetoric, propaganda, mislead by hate & fear mongering politicians. Backed by Big money those we should spurn would be there up on the Hill gain and again.

    October 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    my post referring the article i wanted folks to read, blocked again and again.

    October 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Since Fake Hamsta hit all of the faux talking points with his joke:
    A republican is riding in a limo and sees a man by the side of the road eating grass. He stops and asks, "why are you eating grass." The man says, "it is all I can afford to eat." The Republican replies, "get in and come to my home where I will feed you." "Can I bring my family" the man asks? "Sure" says the Republican, "there is plenty of food for you all."

    So the man gathers his family and piles into the limo. "I am glad I found you" the Republican begins on the ride to his home. "The grass in my front yard is almost a foot tall and my gardener was deported."

    October 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Hamsta

    Banasy, I find it funny that NONE of you brown shirt wearing Obame worshippers cared the least bit that Obamecare is decimating the private sector but you want me to care that some government slob lost their job because the Tea Party is inflicting on the government what the government is inflicting on us.

    October 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I find your jokes unfunny, and your lies to be easily dismissed. Why do you hate people so much you don't want them to have affordable insurance your "job creators" are unwilling to provide?

      October 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hamsta

      Banasy, in the REALLY REAL world in which one of my coworkers is homeless and lives at the New Orleans Mission where the homeless population has recently doubled all the new homeless guests have the same answer when asked what made them homeless: OBAMECARE. Regardless of what those LIEING politician's tell you or the LIBERALLY BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA tells you, in the REALLY REAL world Obamecare is making people HOMELESS.

      October 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And of course you can't back up what you just said with a link. You can make up anything, and frequently do.
      And of course, ALL media is lamestream according to Fox. I don't use MSM. I use actual news sources, something you fail to do.

      October 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Did you look up the meaning of anecdotal, yet? Did you know that the ACA had 161 amendments put in by the GOP? Did you know that it is a Heritage Foundation program, and that Romney used it MA? The ONLY reason the GOTP doesn't like it is because they have an irrational hatred for Obama, and have been dedicated to obstruction from the day he was elected. You guys OWN this shutdown. Man up, already.

      October 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Hamsta

    It's also funny you would even suggest that republicans employ illegal aliens while California gives them FREE driver's liscences and Obame wants to give illegal aliens a fast track to citizenship while people wait decades in their own country for a visa.

    October 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
    The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."
    She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Democrat."
    "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
    "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
    The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."
    "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
    "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

    October 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hamsta

      Your very funny banasy, my family has been sailors and navigators since the early 1500's and among the first to successfully navigate Cape Horn. A democrat's definition of navigator is one of those Obamacare glitches that couldn't find it's way out of a wet paper bag.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Hamsta

    Banasy did you know corporate America has responded to Obamecare by laying people off, cutting others hours from full time with overtime to part time? Did you know the Tea Party offered to negotiate 3 seperate times this month alone? Did you know Obamecare was forced through in the middle of the night behind locked doors so noone could oppose it? And yes in the REALLY REAL world it is making people homeless. Why don't you step out of your sheltered life for a minute, go visit a homeless shelter and get the REALLY REAL story?

    October 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      It must be nice to know that you "think" you have all the answers to everything?

      October 5, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Hamsta

    Banasy you need to step out of your sheltered life, visit a homeless shelter and see what goes on in the REALLY REAL world.

    October 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Having volunteered at one, through Catholic Charities, I'm aware of what life in one is like. You need to gain some perspective other that Hannity's, sport. You're not unique, at all.

      October 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You know-nothing, I volunteered at a homeless shelter through CC. Get a clue and answer the questions I ask, for once.

      October 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I used to help out at one. You know nothing at all about my life, so stop your ridiculious assertions.

      October 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And answer questions put to you instead of the childish insults and deflection.

      October 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lololol @ Hamsta. Last month your story ended with Obama and this month its Obamacare! Too bad people don't believe your sky is falling crap eh chicken little? You just hate the man and i don't know why you don't have the nads to admit it. You have blamed him for years for EVERYTHING! Its getting very old.

    October 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Crissy: hamsta' is :lost in space" and "thinks" his comments are made with factual data! Unfortunately, for him/her, that data is only in his mind!

      October 5, 2013 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    That aint gonna happen @ banasy lol. And remember a few months ago he said the homeless and poor are that way cuz they were to lazy to work! Seems he cant remember which lies he tells when and to who!

    October 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Hamsta

    IThat's fine chrissy and banasy, go ahead and believe what you want but Obama is stiring up a civil war and liberalism is my ENEMY!

    October 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Obama is doing nothing of the sort. Presidents have been trying to get some sort of nationwide healthcare for 70 years. Obama takes a Heritage (GOP) program, amends it with 161 GOP amendments, and passes it, and the tantrums ensue because of who Obama is.

      October 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Yes because this bill is being funded by people of this country who already have health insurance. I can't believe u actually think that this is free. Once again the doers of this country get stuck with the bill. Make it 179 amendments. I don't care. This bill is flawed and it shows everyday

      October 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I never said it was free. Do not lie about me to try and make a dubious point,JR. Let the law be fixed as necessary just like all large laws are.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Do you have insurance, Juan? With who?

      October 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      My name is Juan Jiminez or Jay Jay as u may know me as. Not JR. I do believe you are talking about the pizza fetish dork.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Of course I have insurance. And you ain't baiting me for nothin. As you do know it went up %40 due to obamacare. To deny that that was not the cause is irresponsible. In the five years I've had it it has NEVER went up and then POOF. %40. This is not news to you banz? There are stories far and wide across this country that are just like mine including a family out east somewhere where their premiums TRIPLED! Scary times

      October 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I'm not baiting you. I want to know who your insurance is with. Try the exchanges. It sounds as if your insurance company is ripping you off because they think you won't go elsewhere.

      October 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    A gentleman??? Lol are you serious? Lmao there must really be some sad sack jack assss men in your neck of the woods if you think THAT is a gentleman! Good grief even Webster is groaning at that! Lmao

    October 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lmao @ hamsta and i think rationalism is your enemy also!

    October 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    This is getting crazy folks. For real I am going out for a slice of pizza and a beer.

    October 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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