Never before, in any of the government shutdowns, has the National Park Service felt the need to close our national monuments. But now, under Obama, it suddenly became necessary. Recall IRS officials never got an actual order from Obama to target Tea Party, but they were “acutely aware” of his attitude and approach which guided their decision-making. In other words, covert as opposed to overt, orders from Obama. This is why the presidency matters– it models behavior and sends signals about the Federal attitude. At best, Obama is encouraging the worst in federal workers. At worst, he’s approving the unleashing of their Inner Gestapo.

Video via RCP. Story via Politico.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis took responsibility Wednesday for closing monuments and memorials on the National Mall as part of the government shutdown — a decision that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa had earlier called “despicable.”

Jarvis told members of two House committees that the White House didn’t dictate how the park service handled the closures, although he said he and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell had “presented” its shutdown plans to a White House official during a telephone conversation…

Jarvis, who was testifying under subpoena, said he didn’t know whom he had spoken to at the White House about the shutdown plans but promised to provide that information to lawmakers.
Issa (R-Calif.) and other Republicans at the hearing accused Jarvis’ agency of showing a pattern of apparent political bias, stretching as far back as its decision in 2011-12 to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp out and “defecate” at Washington’s McPherson Square. They questioned why the park service has barricaded sites like the Lincoln Memorial that stayed open during the 1995-96 government shutdowns.

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  1. strider says:

    The WH doesn’t muscle people around via the park service or IRS without knowing in advance that the moves will be untouchable and untraceable, legally or MSM media wise. Trying to embarrass underlings seems kind of lame and anticipated by now. There are enough meds, booze, pot, fancy cars, parties, etc in DC to more than mitigate shame and embarrassment.

  2. Chuck says:

    Shades of the IRS scandal. It really doesn’t matter that the NPS is taking responsibility: even though the WH didn’t “dictate” the closings according to Jarvis, they let them happen. The WH’s wink-wink-nod-nod attitude is still there and the blame is still on Obama for not stopping it.

    Jarvis not knowing who he spoke at the WH? Doesn’t he remember the name of the butler?

  3. Kitten says:

    The NPS, OBummer’s very own paramilitary. Shouldn’t Mr. Jarvis turn in his green jacket for a brownshirt?

  4. Dave says:

    All these useful idiots are disgusting. I was only following orders or implications I’m not sure, just like I’m not sure who I talked to. Why does Issa allow these people to not answer questions?

  5. Pat_S says:

    A lesson that should not be forgotten–even a relatively benign function of government can turn nasty in an instant. Something to consider when the NSA tells us they gather massive amounts of personal information only to protect us.

  6. TX Soldier254 says:

    Disgusting just Disgusting!

    I say FIRE-SUE-PUBLICLY SHAME these unConstitutional Obama Freaks of Nature!

  7. Dave says:

    He went to the Lois Lerner School of Dance.

  8. Alain41 says:

    There is a new sculpture floating in a Czech river that we should purchase and float in the tidal basin. It would be a fitting memorial for the Obama era. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24607870

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