On Sunday, October 13, 2013, several veterans came out to the World War 2 Memorial on the National Mall to protest. The government shutdown caused the closure of this national memorial. Afterward, several veterans met in front of the White House to continue their protest. A few politicians met with the veterans to speak publicly about the government shutdown, claiming that Congress is being child-like and selfish. Sarah Palin, one of these speakers, referred to veterans as part of Congress's "political game".
Soon after veterans began their protests in front of the White House, U.S. Park Police began to set up a barricade between the White House wall and the protestors. This further angered the protests because, although the government shutdown has caused many organizations and national places to close, the government could still afford to have several police officers secure the public protests.
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