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President Obama has no public events scheduled for Friday -- at least not yet -- but will no doubt be planning his future moves on the government shutdown and debt ceiling disputes.

Obama also has to fill in his schedule for the days ahead, having canceled a business trip to Asia that was supposed to have taken place next week.

"The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Obama may well make an appearance on Friday to discuss the shutdown.

This weekend, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will fan out to the Sunday talk shows to give the administration's case.

No one knows how long the shutdown will last, but the administration and congressional Republicans do face one deadline: Oct. 17.

That's the day the Treasury Department says it will hit the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling and be unable to borrow more money to pay the nation's bills. That would set up the possibility of a government default on its debts.