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Hello Government Shutdown, Goodbye Dream Wedding

Scores of weddings planned for the 401 federal parks around the country are in jeopardy.

If not for the government shutdown, the Jefferson Memorial would be a great wedding venue. (Patch photo by Shaun Courtney.)
If not for the government shutdown, the Jefferson Memorial would be a great wedding venue. (Patch photo by Shaun Courtney.)

Just in case the government shutdown seems like a bureaucratic Washington Thing, Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le are proof that it's also a Washington Real People Thing.

The shutdown is jeopardizing their marriage — and dozens and perhaps even hundreds around the country — before it even begins.

The Washington Post reports that the couple is scheduled to be married on Thursday at the Jefferson Memorial, the site of their first date in 2009.

The problem: If the government shutdown continues, the couple and their 130 guests won't be allowed on the property.

“Shutdowns are one of those things that on an intellectual level you know are going to impact an average person, but you really don’t get it until it hits you in a way like this,” Cassesso, 29, a legislative analyst for the American Association of Retired Persons, told the Post. “There are plenty of people around the country who may not understand that this isn’t just going to hurt nameless government workers and that, in a depressing way, it impacts your wedding plans with just a few days’ notice.”

Two dozen October weddings on the Mall have been endangered by the federal shutdown, the paper reported, and potentially scores of others at hundreds of national parks around the country.

Le, 30, had a different reaction when she received notice of the problem.

“Oh [expletive],” she said. “This is really happening.”

Rodger Higgins October 01, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Cassesso can partially blame his company AARP who lobied for Obamascare ruining his plans.
thegrrrr8est October 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Oh, boo feaking hoo. The country is going down the tubes and people are whining about being inconvenienced because their wedding plans have to be altered? These are SERIOUS problems we face. This ain't one of them.
Ron Grover October 02, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Just push away the barriers like the WW2 guys did yesterday. Nothing happens to you other than you get on the national news.
Mom of 3 October 02, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I bet every bride had a budget to work within. Most probably stayed close with the understanding that going over would cause debt that would have to be paid off. What is happening now is due to the fact that we have not had a budget in the US since Obama took office. Seems to not be important to him as he keeps just extending the terms. This issue has been building for years it didn't just happen. I would suggest that the brides, bridal parties and families of the same who are about to scramble to make the day happen no matter what make sure President Obama receives pictures with letters of how his inability to negotiate and lead did not take the day. Celebrate the love of the day that you planned responsibly and do not give him the satisfaction of trying to have us turn against each other. Maybe send a few budget tips with how negotiations are done. Best wishes to the brides and grooms.
lbfixer October 02, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I can understand shutting down some national parks where their needs to be concern about safety issues. Grizzly bears, hiking dangers, cleaning bathrooms at campsites. Why in the world would you shut down a memorial? A walk through with picture taking does not need a ranger.
Mom of 3 October 02, 2013 at 02:01 PM
The memorial got shut down to make Vets angry. President Obama is trying to get the job done by creating drama and making it seem as though he is not responsible for any of what is going on. He's trying to turn the people against the each other, Senate and House. Peer pressure. He is not a leader nor does he know how to negotiate. We have not had a budget since he took office. He is a drama queen.
Ron Grover October 02, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Mom of 3, this isn't about negotiating it is about passing the CR. The same way it has been done over and over. Maybe we put the shoe on the other foot and it was a Republican in the White House and a democrat controlled house with a few left wing wackos instead of right wing wackos. Suppose they tacked on a resolution to enact highly restrictive gun laws. Do you believe that would be up for negotiation or would the country be held hostage the way it is today? I bet there would be a no negotiation posture from a republican president on that one, don't you think?
Mom of 3 October 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Everything is about negotiating. At this point I don't care if it is a Republican or Democrat that steps up, but someone better. When we can no longer pay the police to patrol it really won't matter what the gun laws are. The Federal Government has huge debts, most states have huge debts and everything is being cut back. Maybe someone much smarter then myself could figure this out. Maybe someone who was elected into a position by the majority of the U.S.
Jen Dunham October 02, 2013 at 02:36 PM
hey Mom of 3 Obama was elected into a position by the majority! How else do you think he got to be president? Out of a box of cracker jacks? And as to negotiating, what makes no sense to me is the republicans constantly trying to change the Obamacare laws that were duly enacted into laws when they have been defeated 40+ times. Seems to me they can't stop bashing their heads against a brick wall and take a hint. The blame for this is solely on the republicans this time. Obama wasn't the one voting on the budget it was the house and senate and if they can't agree then how is Obama supposed to fix it?
John Rose October 02, 2013 at 03:18 PM
And the President changed the law 17 times with absolutely no legal authority to do so. The Congress and their staff enjoy a 72% subsidy, at my expense, and you don't think there's anything to discuss here? Wake up. The government can't take care of the medical needs of our veterans; they wait 2+ years for a basic hip replacement now. What in the world makes you think that they can handle health care for the masses? They can't. They just want to be in the entitlement business and gain more and more control over us. Fundamentally transforming the nation. He's done it. The only one who hates government (most importantly, this country) Mr. Reid, is Mr. Obama.
Mom of 3 October 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Jessie Jackson Jr and his wife Sandra were both re elected in Chicago too. Where are they off to now - oh that would be Federal Prison. They were voted in as well. Let's put some money back into our children so not only might they learn and have a chance to change things in the future. It's easy to jump on the band wagon and hard to stand as an individual with values.
Crystal David October 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Mom of 3 - you must have health insurance. What about those of us who don't? Many of us WANT this health care law and will be VERY UPSET if the Republicans get their way and delay it for another year!!!!!!! And really, they have NO business trying to attach a health care delay to an unrelated issue just to get their way!!!!!!
Dave October 02, 2013 at 05:31 PM
They have EVERY right to! It has been done this way forever. Tip O'Neill did it to Reagan, Gingrich did it to Clinton. The difference is that previous presidents knew how to LEAD, and negotiate, and present themselves as PRESIDENTIAL. Not back-room-law-passing-at-night community organizers.
Crystal David October 02, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Dave - just because they have been doing it - does NOT make it right!
Kyle October 03, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Goodbye Dream Wedding This is Just a smart Move; In a world where a family of four can save $7,000 a year on Health insurance by simply getting a divorce, and where ever the IRS has a marriage penalty, where it's easier to qualify for SNAP, reduced School lunch, or anything else when your single, And where Marriage no longer has any religious significance, or is even between a man and a woman, where the Health system has a "Family Glitch"; and 50% end in divorce anyway; when the President has an affair, it’s Just sex, Why get Married, Just SHACK UP. The Voter Base of 2 Timothy 3 has spoken, and given Obama a mandate. Go with it.
Mom of 3 October 03, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Hi Crystal David. I do have health insurance. I was forced to go a find a new job based upon the benefits that were offered with a pay cut. I was self insured for 3 years before Obama Care. I really hope you understand insurance lingo and what you about to get for your money. I would make sure you know who is on your doctor list and all the little details that will make a difference if something major happens. Of course the biggest issue is that the government really doesn't have the money to make this work. The true colors of Obama Care will show in the next two years.
Dave October 03, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Crystal David - "just because they have been doing it - does NOT make it right! " Oh, so you're probably one of the ones who think it's great when the Democrat congress sticks it to a Republican president because they're 'fighting for the working man' or some rhetoric like that, but when the Repubs do it to a Dem pres, they're just not playing fair.....

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