And There Was Joy in Washington
Remember these super-sad scenes?
Well now that the government shutdown is officially over, museums, national parks and government offices are all reopening today. And we've never seen so many people quite so happy to be heading back to work. Like, literally, they're hugging on the doorsteps of the EPA:
For your shutdown hangover cure, here are some more ecstatic scenes from what is also turning out to be a great marketing moment for America's national museums (yes, this also means government Twitter accounts are back a-tweeting again):
The Hirshhorn reopens at 10 am. To make up for lost time, please look twice as hard. Thank you.— hirshhorn (@hirshhorn) October 17, 2013
While we were out: Our scientist finds mosquito fossil w/ belly of blood, but crushes your Jurassic Park dreams http://t.co/6N5JR0lsxe— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) October 17, 2013
...aaaaaand we're back! *jazz hands*… http://t.co/D0jWe2WFgd— SmithsonianLibraries (@SILibraries) October 17, 2013
Experience America's Best Idea: National Park Getaways Park of the Week is all units of the National Park Service. We're glad to be back!— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) October 17, 2013
C'mon down! Capitol Visitor Center is open and #USCapitol tours will be offered thru the day. Same-day passes available.— U.S. Capitol (@visitthecapitol) October 17, 2013
Morning Tweeps! Oh, how we've missed you!— Nat'l Endow f/t Arts (@NEAarts) October 17, 2013
This nice family waiting this morning in front of the National Air and Space Museum will actually get to go inside today:
Nearby, the Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, Bob Vogel, welcomes a worker back:
And back on Twitter, the National Zoo is getting two weeks' worth of Panda Cam news out of its system. Enjoy:
Top image of National Park Service Rangers near the Jefferson Memorial this morning: Kevin LaMarque/Reuters.