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.”