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US shutdown clouds Obamas' anniversary celebrations

world Updated: Oct 05, 2013 14:50 IST
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US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle had to forgo a romantic wedding anniversary outing on October 3, due to the unpredictable shutdown of the US government.

The couple, who celebrated their 21st year of marriage, opted for a night-in following the political upheaval and frightening security scare in the district, the New York Daily News reported.

Obama, however, did mention the occasion on his official Instagram page by posting a picture of the "bride and groom" with the caption "You and I".

The couple, who tied the knot in 1992, spent their previous anniversaries at the Blue Duck Tavern at Washington's Park Hyatt Hotel in 2009, and Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2011.

This is the second year in a row that the Obamas' anniversary has intersected with a political event.

A year ago, on his 20th wedding anniversary, Obama had to attend his first debate in the run-up to presidential elections with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.