Shutdown Theater update

A few updates about Barack Obama’s tireless efforts to make sure Americans are hurt as much as possible by the partial government shutdown…

The Defense Department tried to cancel the Air Force-Navy football game – with a live announcement from an admiral during a standing-room-only preview luncheon, no less! – even though the athletics program has absolutely nothing to do with the federal budget.  As Capital Gazette explains:

The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization not funded by the government. Gladchuk said the Air Force-Navy game could be held without any ???appropriated funding.??? Air Force recently created a similar athletic association that operates using private funds, donations and revenue from intercollegiate contests.

???We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,??? Gladchuk said. ???In talking to the Air Force athletic director, their football team could execute the trip without government funding.???

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about ???optics.???

???It???s a perception thing. Apparently it doesn???t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down,??? Gladchuk said.

So it would have been just another “screw you, America!” from our petulant ruling class.  In fact, it would have been financially counter-productive, since the games are expected to draw tens of thousands of fans and generate $4 million in revenue.  Fortunately, somebody failed their Saving Throw vs. Public Outrage at the Pentagon, because Stars & Stripes reports that at least this weekend’s games will be allowed to proceed.

Maybe President Obama can hire some SEIU thugs to block off future games.  A little band of protesters showed up at the World War II memorial in Washington, DC on Tuesday, yelling at House Speaker John Boehner to “get us back to work!”  At first they lied about their identity and claimed to be furloughed federal workers,  but Patrick Poole at PJ Media collared one – after noticing the guy was wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt – and got him to admit he was rented muscle, paid $15 to show up and shout slogans.  It turns out these paid demonstrators were rounded up and deployed by an SEIU / Teamsters front group called “Good Jobs Nation.”  Isn’t gangster government wonderful?

Obama took Shutdown Theater onto the CNBC stage Tuesday night, by openly wishing for a stock market panic.  “This time I think Wall Street should be worried,” said the President, no doubt dismayed by the fact that they haven’t been thus far.


Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), whose father fought the Nazis in World War II, released a statement accusing Democrats of “curb-stomping veterans” and asked, “What kind of person intentionally attacks disabled heroes because he’s certain his allies in the media will falsely blame his opponents?”  Another good question: who will Obama and his Party go after next?  The media’s a little busy at the moment trying to spin away Harry Reid’s jaw-dropping dismissal of pediatric cancer patients from yesterday afternoon, so they might have trouble papering over another Democrat outrage.

Rep. Stockman has been burning up Twitter during the shutdown:





Cancer doctors might be “non-essential” in Democrat eyes, but the Shutdown Theater performance troupe is pretty darn essential.  Obama dispatched a squadron of them to close down the Mount Vernon museum – which has never accepted taxpayer funds, a point of considerable pride for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.  Obama’s troops closed off the tour bus turnaround at the museum, but it remains defiantly open to tourists.

You can tell the Administration has its shutdown priorities in order by reading this piece at Bloomberg News, which begins: “Grocery stores on Army bases in the US are closed.  The golf course at Andrews Air Force Base is open.”  I wouldn’t be surprised if King Barack I uses that golf course during the shutdown, while the media politely averts its cameras.

If you thought you’ve never seen anything like Obama’s Shutdown Theater performances at public monuments before, you’re right.  Charles C. Johnson at the Daily Caller set his Wayback Machine for 1995 and discovers none of this crap happened during the Great Clinton Shutdown.  The Lincoln Memorial has never been totally barricaded during a shutdown before, even when congressional Democrats were forcing shutdowns on a fairly regular basis during the Reagan years.

Oh, did the media forget to remind you about that?  It’s true.  Two-thirds of all government shutdowns in American history occurred under Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill.  A year into President Reagan’s second term, “the government had already shut down six times, for a total of twelve days, as a result of failed budget negotiations between the white House, a Republican Senate, and House Democrats,” according to Andrew Stiles of National Review.

If you’ve got a Democrat in your life who still foolishly clings to his Party-approved mythology about Republicans causing the current shutdown, Soren Dayton has a superb rundown of how Senate Democrats corrupted the budget process, over at RedState.

Doubtless there will be more Shutdown Theater performances ahead, because as expected, the much-ballyhooed emergency meeting Obama arranged with Congressional leaders – after his World War II Memorial stunt blew up in his face – went nowhere.  According to Speaker Boehner, Obama merely “reiterated one more time tonight he will not negotiate,” the first American president to ever maintain that position.  I can hardly wait for the next round of Big Media stories about those intransigent Republicans.

Update: I mistakenly described the games as “Army-Navy” at first, and have corrected the reference.  Apologies for the error!

Update: One of the veterans who came to the World War II memorial yesterday had a sign reading “Normandy was closed when we got there, too.”  I’m sorry to report that it’s closed again, as Shutdown Theater launches an overseas production and closes the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Update: Shutdown Theater, 007 edition: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (the guy who thought the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular”) warns that foreign spies will have a field day recruiting furloughed American intelligence operatives if the shutdown continues.

Update: Shutdown Theater comes to San Diego, shutting down the Miramar Air Show that was scheduled for this weekend… even though the show generated over $1.6 million in net profits last year.  Money is no object when it comes to punishing unruly citizens!

Update: The House Oversight Committee is investigating the decision to barricade the World War II memorial.  “The Committee is concerned with [the National Park Service’s] allocation of resources during this time of lapsed funding,” write House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa and Government Operations Subcommittee chair John Mica.  “Our concerns are heightened due to NPS’s suspicious decisions during the lead-up to the sequester.”