WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public's priorities while avoiding looking tone deaf to those forced off the job.

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public's priorities while avoiding looking tone deaf to those forced off the job.

Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel.

Obama's strategy is also aimed at maintaining what the White House sees as a political advantage over Republicans, with his events providing him a platform to blast House GOP lawmakers for opposing a Senate bill to keep the government running.

Republicans say that if Obama were serious about ending the shutdown, he would be negotiating a solution.