On Wednesday, the politically charged National World War II Memorial became a circus for media, politicians, and sadly, veterans.
The memorial, closed due to the government shutdown, became a political flashpoint when a handful of congressmen moved the barricades Tuesday afternoon to allow veterans access to the expansive granite monument. The scene reoccurred on Wednesday. Here are some of the most notable clashes at the memorial devoted to peace.
1. Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-MI, yells at a park ranger:
2. A protester yells at the congressmen:
And a member of the veterans group yells back:
3. Michele Bachmann declares:
4. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says other members of Congress were at the memorial for political reasons:
McCaskill says she was at the memorial to greet veterans from her home state of Missouri.