President Obama visited Dallas Wednesday partly to cheer up volunteers who help people enroll in Obamacare. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets supporters on the eve of the election in a race that looks like a launchpad for a 2016 presidential run. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough after anxious Senate Democrats met privately on Capitol Hill with Obama administration officials about Obamacare, Oct. 31, 2013. J. Scott Applewhite - AP Photos J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Pumpkins with likenesses of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on display at Madame Tussauds in New York, October 22, 2013. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama would like you to remember that Obamacare was based on Massachusetts legislation signed in 2006 by then governor and Republican Mitt Romney, pictured at the signing ceremony. And that rollout started slowly, too. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, (who we're sure was not intentionally making the "choke" sign) and Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS agency that oversaw the Obamacare website project. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Russia in September in happier times before revelations that the NSA electronically eavesdropped on U.S. allies. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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President Obama gets some support outside the White House, Oct. 8, 2013. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anti-Obama demonstrators in Indonesia will have to hold their protests without him. He cancelled his Asian trip due to the U.S. government shutdown. (Their signs accused him of murdering Muslims.) BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Washington has had no shutdown of meetings, like Wednesday's at the White House between President Obama and congressional leaders. But the path to reopening the government seemed no clearer. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A visitor to the federally run Folk Art Center in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday expressed the dismay many felt because of the government shutdown. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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