Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the GOP has set aside enough money to to pay for five security and keep the World War II Memorial open for the next thirty days.
We first got wind of in from a tweet by Washington Examiner online editor Justin Green at 2:28 pm:
INBOX: At 3 PM @Reince will go to WWII Memorial to announce that the RNC is willing to pay for the WWII Memorial to stay open for 30 days.
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) October 2, 2013
Could this be true? If so, it would be the greatest PR move of the decade. It didn’t take long to find out. Within 30 minutes, Priebus tweeted confirmation:
Just announced: @GOP has put aside enough money to hire 5 security personnel to keep WWII memorial open to veterans and visitors.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 2, 2013
And to make it official, the Republican National Committee tweeted a photo on Priebus holding the check in front of the memorial:
— RNC (@GOP) October 2, 2013
Simultaneously, the GOP issued the following press release:
“The Obama administration has decided they want to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, even taking the unnecessary step of keeping the Greatest Generation away from a monument built in their honor,” said Chairman Priebus.
“That’s not right, and it’s not fair. So the RNC has put aside enough money to hire five security personnel to keep this memorial open to veterans and visitors. Ideally, I’d hope to hire furloughed employees for this job.
“Seeing that the DNC has bragged about fundraising off of the government shutdown, I’d invite my counterpart, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join with us in keeping this memorial open.
“These brave Americans have sacrificed so much for our country. House Republicans have acted to keep parks and monuments open; Democrats are standing in the way. We want to do what we can, in the face of the intransigence from the White House, to support our veterans.
“If the White House complains that such action is not permitted, I’d simply remind them that their unilateral action to give exemptions from Obamacare to big business and their political allies wouldn’t seem permissible either. If they can go to such lengths to protect their political interests, surely they can do something to support the interests of those who fought in World War II.”
The ball is now in the White House’s court. It can either graciously accept the kind offer, or reject it and by doing so, look small and vindictive.
Incidentally, this is a gesture the Democratic National Committee could never make. CNN reported earlier this week that the DNC is $18.5 in debt. So Democrats simply referred to it as a “silly stunt,” according to Fox News.