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President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden arrive to... News PhotoArrival,Barack Obama,Government,Joseph Biden,Lunch,People,Politics,US President,USA,Vertical,Vice President,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPCROPPED VERSION - US President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden (R) arrive to order lunch to go at Taylor Gourmet Deli on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. America's global standing among both allies and foes is being seriously undermined by the US government shutdown which forced President Barack Obama to cancel a key Asia tour, analysts said October 4, 2013. Some even warned that with no sign of a swift resolution, the political dysfunction in the corridors of the world's largest superpower poses a major threat to national security. In a rare foray into US politics, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf blasted what she called a 'damaging' shutdown that 'really negatively impacts our standing abroad.' Reading damning headlines about the US predicament from Mexican, Indian, Spanish and Taiwanese newspapers, she said: 'For a Congress that talks a lot about American exceptionalism, they're sending the exact opposite message all around the world right now.' Nations where America's constant drive to push values like democracy, free speech and transparent government is an anathema are likely viewing the self-imposed US paralysis with some glee. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)