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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 10-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #91
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So some dumbass congressman from Texas decided he would verbally assault a park ranger over this.........lighten up Francis.......she was just doing her job....something you evidently can't do. Love the dude who stood up for her.


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Yeah, i dont agree with this policy-wise, but it was a good photo op while it lasted for the gop. This dumba** clearly overplayed his hand.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:24 PM   #92
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Yeah, i dont agree with this policy-wise, but it was a good photo op while it lasted for the gop. This dumba** clearly overplayed his hand.
Agreed. I'm a conservative, but this dude was being a bully. I hope his people vote him out when he's up for reelection.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:30 PM   #93
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Agreed. I'm a conservative, but this dude was being a bully. I hope his people vote him out when he's up for reelection.
Its a long time politically until nov 2014, but you can bet those youtube clips will make is local opponents campaign ads.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:01 PM   #94
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No need for the Congressman to treat the ranger like that....if he wants to verbally bully someone, he should call up the President.

Just because tensions are high among government officials does not give them the right to treat people that way.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:20 PM   #95
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No need for the Congressman to treat the ranger like that....if he wants to verbally bully someone, he should call up the President.

Just because tensions are high among government officials does not give them the right to treat people that way.
Seriously. What a yahoo. "Hey, there's a camera! Let me get some red meat out there! I'll be a HERO!!"

Jackass. She handled it pretty well though.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:42 PM   #96
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How pathetic have we become as a people that things like this can happen and yet we still have many who want to blame the side NOT engaging this petty behavior?

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"It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/20...s-of-the-game/
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How pathetic have we become as a people that things like this can happen and yet we still have many who want to blame the side NOT engaging this petty behavior?




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Old 10-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #98
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The fact that a conservative newspaper put an unsourced quote by an anonymous critic in a misleading article comes as no shock to me at all.
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The fact that a conservative newspaper put an unsourced quote by an anonymous critic in a misleading article comes as no shock to me at all.
Thank you for proving my point.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:49 PM   #100
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:58 PM   #101
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The fact that a conservative newspaper put an unsourced quote by an anonymous critic in a misleading article comes as no shock to me at all.
Right. Because there's no chance the person giving that quote would be fired for it. I mean, it's not like Obama's the biggest ****ing **** on earth or anything. He wouldn't hold that against anybody.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:08 PM   #103
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if a civilian talked to the ranger like that it would be swat team time
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I read that groups today were allowed to enter the back gate, while the front gate is guarded with barricades. Isn't that what they used to make the black folk do?
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