Last Thursday, Barack Obama announced that his administration would allow some national parks to reopen … so long as they paid their own park operations out of state and private coffers. What a guy! Putting aside the question of the president’s motive — whether he was acting out of consideration for the people who conferred power on him or out of fear that his spiteful antics would come back to haunt him — some parks did indeed open over the weekend.
Meantime, the White House remains closed-lipped on when the monuments to Obama’s predecessors in D.C. will officially receive visitors. One of them, the Lincoln Memorial, had several dozen un-official visitors on Saturday, when protestors moved the barricades aside and walked up the steps in a stirring show of patriotism (h/t Weasel Zippers).
Washington ABC affiliate KLTV captured the scene on video.
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Initially, Park Service rangers looked the other way as these dedicated Americans completed their pilgrimage, but before long returned to business as usual, dispatching a “small army” to the memorial to disperse the “intruders.”
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