President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
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published Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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WASHINGTON — In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that "encouraged our enemies" around the world.