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Old 10-01-2013, 09:29 PM  
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Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way.

Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of veterans to roll past security officers, who willingly stood aside.



Veteran Donald Quinn of Pascagoula, Mississippi, said he was pleased with his visit to the memorial, despite the initial blockade.

"I'm surprised to see so many people here and so many important people, but I've enjoyed it," he said. "At first I didn't think I'd come, but I'm glad I did."

The National Park Service closed all of its parks, including national memorials, as a result of the federal government shutdown that went into effect at 12:01 a.m ET.

But a spokeswoman from the National Mall and Parks Service said efforts were no longer being made to hold anyone back.

"These are important visitors," Carol Johnson told reporters, adding that they're seeking guidance from the director's office on "where we go next."

"Obviously we did not want to do anything to mar the trip of these people," she said, saying the visitors came from Mississippi and Iowa. "They've come here specifically to see the memorial that was built for them."

Some Republican members of Congress and a Democratic senator were on site, blasting the federal government for fencing off the memorial. Outraged and baffled, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, crossed through an opening in the railing earlier in the morning–before the breach–and got on the phone to try and reach the secretary of the Department of Interior.

"I don't get it. I'm furious. I'm trying to get a hold of people," he said, standing on the other side of the barricade and looking around for help. "But I can't seem to get a hold of anybody."

Harkin faulted Republicans for what he called their "nonsense" legislative push that led to the shutdown.

"Obviously I can walk here," Harkin said, as he walked past the barrier. "Why can't I walk there?" he added, pointing at the memorial located not far away.

A few House Republicans were also at the memorial to disparage the government for closing off the landmark on a day that veterans were set to arrive.

Rep. Steven Palazzo, one of the congressmen who helped move the gates, argued the decision to close the memorial may have been more of a political ploy than a bureaucratic oversight. The Mississippi Republican said it makes no sense to close an open-air monument and compared it to prohibiting someone from touching a tree.

"All Americans should have access to the monuments, but if there's one group, it's our greatest generation, and this might be the last opportunity in their lifetime to visit their memorial," he said.

"We've got park service employees out here," said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, before the gates were opened. "Why wouldn't you have them here to allow the veterans in, instead of stand and keep them from coming in?"

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, wearing casual clothes, said she was out walking when she heard about the pile-up outside the memorial and decided to hustle over to the site.

"The last thing we should see in America is a barricade for World War II veterans to be prevented from coming to their memorial," Bachmann said.

She vowed she and colleagues will be there "today, tomorrow, the next day, however long it takes" to keep the memorial open.

"America is not shutting down," she said. "If we have anything to say about it, we're going to keep this open."


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Old 10-02-2013, 07:08 PM   #46
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I don't know if you are right or wrong, but what you posted does not mean there is no security patrolling after the Rangers go off duty.
Why were no barricades put up when the gov shut down under Clinton?????
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:06 PM   #48
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Why were no barricades put up when the gov shut down under Clinton?????
I have no idea what was and wasn't barricaded up under Clinton. I doubt you do either.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #49
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I have no idea what was and wasn't barricaded up under Clinton. I doubt you do either.
Nice dodge, dickhead. Sorry if you can't accept the fact that your hero is doing things never done before because he is a big baby.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #50
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Nice dodge, dickhead. Sorry if you can't accept the fact that your hero is doing things never done before because he is a big baby.
I said I don't know. That's better than lying and saying you do know.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #51
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I said I don't know. That's better than lying and saying you do know.
Dude, none of this shit happened when the gov shut down under Clinton. Thsi is just like the sequester when Obama closed the White House, we were told planes would fall from the skies, terrorists would attack and the world would end.

Face it, your party utilizes scare tactics for any and everything.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #52
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Dude, none of this shit happened when the gov shut down under Clinton. Thsi is just like the sequester when Obama closed the White House, we were told planes would fall from the skies, terrorists would attack and the world would end.

Face it, your party utilizes scare tactics for any and everything.
You have no idea what happened under Clinton.

Who said planes would fall from the sky?
Who said the world would end?
I do think terrorists did actually attack though.
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Obama puts up barricades around an open-air memorial which costs money...
Reid goes on tv says the Repubs did it
Cosmo eats it up like cotton candy between fap jobs to Obama
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You have no idea what happened under Clinton.

Who said planes would fall from the sky?
Who said the world would end?
I do think terrorists did actually attack though.
LMAo, I agree you have no idea but just because you are clueless doesn't mean everyone else is.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:32 PM   #55
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I said I don't know. That's better than lying and saying you do know.
You know, don't lie. I have seen news stories on every news network, and they all indicated that this is an open air memorial on a public sidewalk. Even the Obama network, msnbc was loathe to defend the closing of the memorial as much as you do.

If you cannot see that the Obama administration overplayed their hand and tried to make veterans suffer to put pressure on Congress, then you are just plain old stupid. The WWII memorial is an open air memorial on a public sidewalk. The area is very loosely monitored at best and amounts to a public place.

The next time you critical of Obama or any other Democrat will be your first.

Just admit you are a partisan hack.
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You know, don't lie. I have seen news stories on every news network, and they all indicated that this is an open air memorial on a public sidewalk. Even the Obama network, msnbc was loathe to defend the closing of the memorial as much as you do.
You just told me not to lie.
And then you say I defended closing the memorial. JFC--where did I do that, liar?
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You just told me not to lie.
And then you say I defended closing the memorial. JFC--where did I do that, liar?
You have defended Obama this entire thread, and his actions. You defend his actions, you defend the closing of the memorial. Seems pretty simple to me. I did not see a single post of you call out the Obama administration stating they were wrong to close the memorial.
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You just told me not to lie.
And then you say I defended closing the memorial. JFC--where did I do that, liar?
You want to prove you have an ounce of integrity? Then admit Obama sent those barricades unnecessarily and for nothing more than political bs.
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You want to prove you have an ounce of integrity? Then admit Obama sent those barricades unnecessarily and for nothing more than political bs.
He won't say it. He is incapable of any criticism of the President.
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