Obama 'exasperated' with Republicans over US government shutdown

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Obama 'exasperated' with Republicans over US government shutdown

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The US government shutdown drags on after talks between President Obama and congressional leaders yielded nothing but token concessions that were rejected.

As hundreds of thousands of federal employees remain on unpaid leave, both sides blame each other.

Earlier, Obama spoke of his frustration in a TV interview.

“During the course of my presidency I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposefully kept my rhetoric down. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy, sometimes people think I’m too calm. And, am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated because this is entirely unnecessary.”

The Republicans continue to insist budget talks should be lined to Obama’s healthcare law, although they now talk of delaying rather than stopping it.

“The President reiterated one more time tonight, that he will not negotiate. All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare. I wish, I would hope the President and our Democrat colleagues in the Senate, would listen to the American people and sit down and have a serious discussion about resolving these differences,” John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, told reporters.

So far, although the dollar fell to an eight-month low, share markets have held up. Many investors hope a deal can be reached before the economy is badly damaged.

But the president is warning the deadlock could lead the US to the catastrophic scenario of a debt default.