Executive Communication As government shutdown begins, Obama becomes explainer-in-chief The president’s remarks to Department of Defense employees blame Congress for not only the current shutdown but also for summer furloughs. By Matt WilsonOct. 1, 2013 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.