Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way.Seriously? Oh, it gets juicier.
Moments earlier, 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.
Dem Senator Tom Harkin was one of the ones PO'ed about the blocking of the vets, but check out who else was quoted in being shocked by the blockade:
"We've got park service employees out here," said Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas. "Why wouldn't you have them here to allow the veterans in, instead of stand and keep them from coming in?"Gohmert? Bachmann? King? You are the last people on earth that should be complaining. You created this mess, you assholes.
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, wearing casual clothes, said she was out walking when she heard about the pile-up at the memorial and decided to hustle over to the site.
"Who's going to say no to a World War II veteran? I certainly wouldn't," Bachmann said.
"America is not shutting down," she also said, pointing to the veterans.
Rep. Steve King of Iowaargued this should be considered a "slow down," not a "shutdown."
Gohmert chided his Republican colleagues of being "scared to death" of a shutdown. Bachmann got all tingly and "very excited" at the prospect of a shutdown, saying it is "exactly what we wanted." King has said that choosing a shutdown is better than living with Obamacare.
Well I say: take your shutdown and eat it. It's on your heads. And rather than storming the barricades with WWII vets in wheelchairs to gain quick press points, maybe you should explain to them whose fault it was in the first place.