Obama said that he is willing to negotiate with the Republicans leadership and John Boehner, Speaker of House of Representatives, on a whole range of issues. "But we can't do it with a gun held to the head of the American people,” he said.

"Nobody's winning. And that's the point. We should get this over with as soon as possible," Obama told reporter as he and Vice President Joe Biden walked out of the White House to a nearby sandwich shop for their afternoon meal.

A day earlier, Obama announced to cancel his trip to Asia in view of the government shutdown.

"This furlough or this shutdown could be over today. We know there are the votes for it in the House of Representatives. If Speaker Boehner will simply allow that vote to take place, weekend the shutdown, a whole bunch of families not just here in Washington, but all across the country will have the certainty that a paycheck will be coming," he said.

"That they'll be able to make their mortgage, they'll be able to pay their expenses, that they'll be able to look after their families. We can get backing to what we should be focused on every single day, and that's how we make sure we've got a strong middle class in this country that anybody willing to work hard can get ahead," the US President said.


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