"Many Americans clearly view the shutdown as a comedy of errors and so are playing it for laughs," stated Russia Today in an article documenting the more farcical (as opposed to deadly serious) side of the shutdown. And on CNN, British-born Piers Morgan told a GOP congressman that his party had made "made the whole world laugh at you." (An exception to the above may be China, a country one Bloomberg writer claims is taking the US political turmoil as a sign of strength, believe it or not.) Of course America's flubs are never missed because of its massively disproportionate cultural influence. But truth be told, political disfunction could be worse:
#shutdown. I'm in india, and my driver and translator are laughing at US govt shutdown. So much for world's great superpower. It's closed.- lynsey addario (@lynseyaddario) October 1, 2013
The US is neither a global villain nor a savior, but a "laughingstock" says one observer • Business Insider
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