Orders to close World War II Memorial coming directly from White House

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday October 02nd, 2013

Obama threatens to veto spending measures to open parks, honor veterans....

Yesterday, groups of World War Two veterans did the unthinkable. After the White House denied a request to let veterans tour their memorial, the vets defied the feds and stormed the barricades.  It was a defiant act that spat in the face of Harry Reid's decision to shut down the federal government.  Today, we're learning that not only has the administration doubled down on its decision to keep vets from entering the site, but that the orders to do so are coming directly from the White House.

As has become routine in situations like these, Twitter has been the best source of continuing information.  In particular, The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes has been all over the story since early this morning.















Hayes then wondered who in their right mind would double down on such an insulting, arrogant, and imbecilic policy decision - particularly after the PR nightmare it had caused the administration.







Pretty soon, the answer started pouring in - from a variety of sources.




















So, the order to keep a throng of elderly, wheelchair bound, veterans from entering their own memorial came directly from the White House Office of Management and Budget. So far, the President has been silent on this issue and, as long as his silence continues, whatever meager PR advantage he enjoyed in this fight will rapidly be slipping away. 

This is the action of a petty, brutish administration led by a petulant child who's furious that America's heroes would dare to stand up and poke him in the eye.  Try though they might, Obama's slavish media allies will find it impossible to spin this as anything but an ugly temper tantrum. 

As was the case yesterday, the effort to close the park has now failed, and in the process the Obama administration has embarrassed itself badly.














You would think that the President would be open to the idea of - at least - allowing funding measures that would open the memorials or honor our veterans.  Not because it's the right thing to do, but because he has to know how bad this looks. You'd be wrong. Take a look at what GOP leader Eric Cantor just tweeted:















Obama is officially threatening to veto any stopgap legislation that would keep the memorials open and honor our heroes. Utterly, utterly, shameful. On the upside, though; at least Democrats have been able to take a break from their usual arduous routine of feigning respect for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.

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