It was a beautiful autumn day in Washington where the grand edifices of state were open again after 16 days of closure.
It was the same story all over America, in national parks or any federal-funded facility or service. Tourists were among the first to benefit.
“Well, I must admit that we are delighted that the government finally said we can visit the beautiful museums and art galleries of Washington since we have come from southern Australia, Victoria. It took us about 35 hours to get here,” said Gordon McGregor.
“So, we were excited because we leave Sunday and so we were very excited to be able to come and actually see everything and go to the Smithsonian and stuff,” said a woman from faraway Oregon.
For the workforce going back was bittersweet. Many fear that a new January 15 spending deadline means this could all happen again after Christmas.
Vice President Joe Biden sought to boost morale by adding star power to some federal workers’ return to work, meeting office workers in Washington and thanking them for their dedication.