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In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama gestures during a statement on the government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama's strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public's priorities and avoiding looking tone deaf to the hundreds of thousands of Americans forced off the job.

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Obama seeks to strike a balance during shutdown

Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel.

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