Unreal: Park workers installing more barricades around WWII Memorial to keep vets out; Update: Vets enter Memorial; Update: “First Amendment activities”

posted at 10:41 am on October 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Not just barricades, either. My friends, it’s come to this:

I’m rushing this post out because, per Ed’s stellar round-up from earlier this morning, the Honor Flight vets are headed to the Memorial regardless. Members of Congress, among them Michele Bachmann, are already there, as are reporters of all stripes. If you use Twitter, I recommend following the Standard’s John McCormack, National Review’s Betsy Woodruff, and the Examiner’s Charlie Spiering, who took the photo I used for our front-page thumbnail of the feds actually deploying forklifts to set up gates around a memorial that’s open 24 hours a day with little supervision under normal circumstances. As I write this at a few minutes after 10:30 ET, Spiering is tweeting that the vets are scheduled to arrive within the next 15 minutes. Is your government really about to arrest 96-year-olds who fought at Guadalcanal because this bit of sub-moronic shutdown theater is too precious to them to forfeit? Stay tuned. It wouldn’t be the first own-goal they’ve scored because their pettiness overwhelmed their sense of optics.

By the way, the WWII Memorial isn’t the only one with a gate in front of it this morning. When McCormack strolled over to the World War I Memorial, he found this. No joke:

The sign reads, “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service area is closed, except for First Amendment activities.” So if you want to protest there, you’re good. If you want to quietly remember the dead, get off the damned lawn.

An exit question via Legal Insurrection while we wait for updates: How come the Lincoln Memorial isn’t open now if it was open “>during the 1995 shutdown?

Update: A Park Service spokesman says they were told to close the memorial by the Office of Management and Budget. Paging Darrell Issa: Time to find out who made the decision at OMB. And why.

Update: If you’re near a TV, you might want to turn on CNN. Tapper is there at the Memorial; if there’s some sort of confrontation, I assume they’ll cut to him live.

Update: The vets have arrived.

Dan Foster says, “This is President Obama’s Bonus Army.”

Update: Forced to choose between locking up elderly World War II heroes and letting them past the barricades, the Park Service bows to political reality:

Today’s Honor Flight vets are from Missouri. Interestingly, not only was Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt with them, so was Democrat Claire McCaskill. She’s voted with Reid throughout, but she wasn’t going to let herself get blown up by this massive shutdown-theater backfire.

Update: Louie Gohmert: “What are they going to do next — hang a drapery over Mt. Rushmore?”

Update: Are other barricaded memorials next? According to what some vets told BuzzFeed yesterday, maybe.

Update: Visiting the Memorial is a “First Amendment activity”? Doesn’t that mean all parks and memorials are now basically required to open for visits?

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My guess is they are their to protect the veterans – now that they’ve been turned into props for a GOP media circus.
But nice to know your view of LEA doing their job equates with ‘thugs on horses’.
The officer doesn’t look that thuggish to me.
Maybe his horse is mean.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

So why are the officers on horses?

itsspideyman on October 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

These people fought Hitler, the real one. Obama is not going to stop them!

We need this to be the optics of Obama’s war on the American people!!!

It is a symbol of everything Obama stands for.

petunia on October 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Obama can’t close down Mt. Vernon because it is privately funded but it doesn’t hesitate to close down the tour bus turn around. More exposure, please.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

@Dogooder sounds like someone who couldn’t enter a traffic circle or exit it if he did make it on.

RickB on October 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

What’s next razor wire and landmines?

Barky doesn’t even protect the US borders to this extent.

HumpBot Salvation on October 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Got that right.

But let’s be honest here. Couldn’t we see this country going this way decades ago and did nothing? That ticks me off the most-these b—-ds don’t have to be in charge of anything. We the (Ignorant) People put them there either through our votes or our lackadaisical “it’s all good” attitudes.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

From Ace – Shutdown Theater Goes Grand Guignol: Completely Self-Sustaining Tourist Attraction Ordered Shut Down for First Time In History

The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government.

According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property.

“You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” she said.

The park withstood prior government shutdowns, noting in a news release that the farm will be closed to the public for the first time in 40 years.

“In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm,” Eberly explained in an emailed statement.

“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service … I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,” Eberly said.

She called the decision “utter crap.”

“We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm,” Eberly explained.

The lamestream media, in their efforts to provide cover for the pathetic partisan politics being played by the Administration over the impact of the sequester, is going to have a far harder time providing cover for the Administration’s overreach to ensure the government shutdown causes as much pain as possible.

It’s hard to mask the petulant temper tantrum of a 4 year old – even harder to mask it when that petulant tantrum is thrown by the President.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

The Greatest Generation.

…Oh, old white guys want to go a memorial?…

libfreeordie on October 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Maybe they only had to erect barricades against people who imagine they have some right to trespass in violation of the law. I know, I know. They’re Gods among men or something like that. These are the people who raised the boomers…how “Great” of a generation can they be?
libfreeordie on October 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

This time you’ve exceeded your usual smallness.

The men and women who are there represent the men and women who couldn’t be there, who died far away from home, in fetid conditions, with their last thoughts of home.

You don’t have to imagine the people they are or the circumstances they lived under, but you can at least curb your snarky toungue for a moment. These people want to come see the monument built with the blood of their brothers and sisters. They faced death, and far more than you ever will in the comfort of your office.

Is it too much to ever expect you to respect anyone other than your small group, or is your small mind unable to encompass so broad a thought?

You’ve finally jumped even your own shark.

You are a small and insignificant speck of an individual.

itsspideyman on October 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I am glad that Obama is doing this …………………… he is showing everyone how much of an arse he really is.

SC.Charlie on October 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Once again, Verbulace proves it’s a complete moron. Hey dippy, there are NO NatPark Police there REGULARLY, when the Obama Circus is not in full force. Catch a clue, you may even grow a brain cell.

PJ Emeritus on October 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

…at 3:00 PM, the RNC will announce it will privately pay to keep the WWII Memorial open for 30 days…

I suspect that the ‘barrycades’ will still be there tomorrow.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Bishop on October 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Any vet and/or active duty has the WWII vets’ backs – I assure you. If they needed aid or defending, we would ALL show up.

PJ Emeritus on October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Did you see this photograph of the Lincoln Memorial?

Obama’s America

INC on October 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Whole new context, isn’t it? Shocking to think how many volunteered in Lincoln’s war, in an era without antibiotic, or anesthesia, and walked into cannon fire.

Even WWII was a walk into the Valley of Low Survival. Not until 1942 was The first person cured with penicillin and it took half the entire supply in the nation to cure one patient, the drug having been extracted from mold. By 1944 there was enough to treat 38K soldiers out of the millions. They had a form of sulfa, and it was rough. I took it as a kid. Plasma was experimental in WWII, but they began collecting and shipping it overseas anyway. Few plastics. Imagine how IV’s were performed. Disposable needles? A pipe dream. You got horse shots and they boiled the equipment to re use

What this episode has done once and for all, is outed the press.

There is no doubt that an earlier generation of press would have taken the side of the veterans, and shamed the cheap politics. I just heard ABC news on the radio, that ‘veterans will get access’ as if there was some little glitch, and through the bigness of the administration, the red tape was removed. All Hail Glorious Leader

I cannot get more disgusted with the savagery of the new ideologues

They treat the peasants like dirt. The new peasants are the old heros, the patriots, and all who yearn for liberty

entagor on October 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I bet it costs more to barricade and guard the memorial than it did to just let it open.

JellyToast on October 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

In the summer of 1932, our WWI vets marched on DC to demand payment for the IOU certificates given to them by the Government for their WWI service. The Depression was on, and these brave men needed the money to feed their families.
Rather than producing money, the Government produced infantry, cavalry and a number of tanks to attack the vets. There were deaths and injuries, and their “tent city” was burned to the ground, sending women and children fleeing for their lives.
We seem to have a history of requiring our citizens to fight and die, then treating them like dirt, or worse, once the job is done.
So here we go again, a different World War, same gratitude.
Oh, there’s probably a saber hidden somewhere on the mounted “Task Force” thug.

TimeOnTarget on October 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM


PJ Emeritus on October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

ru2sel on October 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

To commit such a painfully obvious “bad move” it’s perpatrator
would have to be filled with whole lot of animosity. Obama is a strange man seemingly motivated primarily by revenge.

ncjetsfan on October 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

SEIU organizes fake protesters to stand at the WW2 Memorial…

According to PJ Media’s Patrick Poole, the SEIU astro-turfed approximately 20 protesters to harass veterans at the WWII memorial today. One of the fake “federal employees” still had on his McDonalds uniform and admitted to receiving $15 to protest.

After about an hour, about 20 SEIU protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown.

Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they had been paid to protest, at which point the guy wearing the McDonald’s shirt came back and admitted he had been paid $15 to attend the protest.

Note how NONE of the so called federal employees could produce a federal ID.

More violations of the 1st rule of hole digging….

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Boehner’s hand strengthens by the hour – if I were him I would show up an hour late to this WH confab and blame the barricades on the mall for his delay.

Zomcon JEM on October 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I hate this reporter.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

The past two days have been absolutely glorious!!!

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM

100% Because the government is shutdown. The GOP is fracking hilarious. “Burn it down! Shut it down! LET IT COLLAPSE!!!…..Oh, old white guys want to go a memorial? WHAT HAVE WE DONE???”

Laughing stocks.

libfreeordie on October 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, there wasn’t a guy there today that is not blacker than you…

…and, who said: ‘We’re gonna fight like hell!’

Video to follow shortly.

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Just in case this wasn’t posted. The best signs at the Memorial from Twitchy.


bluefox on October 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

My guess is they are their to protect the veterans – now that they’ve been turned into props for a GOP media circus.
But nice to know your view of LEA doing their job equates with ‘thugs on horses’.
The officer doesn’t look that thuggish to me.
Maybe his horse is mean.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Protect them from what?

Are you seriously that hard up for a rationalization?

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I guess no one is going to find out?

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Blockades are gone.

Small victories are still victories.

bigmacdaddy on October 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The Greatest Generation.

…Oh, old white guys want to go a memorial?…

libfreeordie on October 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Maybe I missed this earlier. Do you say the same of the MLK monument?

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Senate barber shop is open. It is essential.

jpcpt03 on October 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

The sign reads, “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service area is closed, except for First Amendment activities.” So if you want to protest there, you’re good.

Ok, so how about vets protesting the actions of the Doofus in Chief spending our money to close a memorial paid for with private funds?

gordo on October 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

“What are they going to do next — hang a drapery over Mt. Rushmore?”

I was thinking they would stop treating sick vets at Walter Reed or unplug all the respirators.

PattyJ on October 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Civil servants are not paid (or even not not paid I suppose) to exercise discretion. There is no payoff for them only risk.

If the boss says shut someone down even though no personnel would have been involved in the first place, then that someone gets shutdown regardless of the inanity and cost. If the boss says leave them alone even though the continued operation of the activity would involve personnel then the activity stays open even if unmanned.

Obviously, the orders given to the Park Service was intended to demonstrate the harshness of the Republican caused shutdown even in cases where the order made no sense. But the civil servants would say, “ours not to reason why”.

Russ808 on October 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

We need a show of impudence to counter Obama’s show of impunity. What he doesn’t have the authority to dictate, we have no duty to abide – regardless of his position.


woodcdi on October 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM