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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: President Barack Obama addresses the press in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House September 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke about recent developments with Iran, and also addressed the possible government shutdown currently being debated on Capitol Hill. Credit: Getty Images

Why all the fuss with the park police at DC's national memorials?

At the World War II memorial, they've set up barricades to keep people out "due to the government shutdown," but when government is functioning normally, the site isn't staffed 24 hours/day and visitors are free to come and go as they please.

At the Lincoln Memorial, similar barricades have been set up and park police are standing guard:

As Legal Insurrection points out, the same site was open to visitors during the last government shutdown in the 1990s. In those pre-9/11 days, tourists were "free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial, and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial."

"[W]hat are they going to do next -- hang a drapery over Mt. Rushmore?" Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert wonders.

This is Shutdown Theater. This is Obama's America.

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