I have only had the privilege of touring our nation's capitol once during a family vacation schedule over a Thanksgiving week.
Just before leaving on our trip, the government shut down due to budget issues. We were so disappoint, thinking we would not be able to see some of the sites and really enjoy Washington DC.
Just the opposite was true! There was no traffic congestion, there were no lines at buildings or exhibits, there was immediate seating in restaurants. The Mall in front of the Washington monument was wide open. We were even able to tour the the Capitol Building.
Even without the shut down, we would not have been able to get into the White House, but we did walk all around the exterior (outside the fence of course).
The Smithsonian was open and fully functioning. We saw the Declaration of Independence! The Smithsonian is a treasure and every American should have the opportunity to spend time there.
We drove around town (no traffic, remember) and saw the beautiful architecture of the government buildings, embassies, homes in Georgetown.
In short, the shut down was a gift to our family.
We realized there were probably government workers who were not so ecstatic about the shut down, but then it was a holiday week and they could have more time with their families and friends.
The current shutdown has many folks 'up in arms'. Democrats want to blame Republicans, Republicans want to blame Democrats, and voters don't want to blame themselves.
The truth is we will survive this shut down as we have survived others (yes, there have been others contrary to President Obama's recent statement that this was for the first time ever). We will even survive this administration as we have survived others of both political parties.
In the meantime, consider visiting Washington DC before 'they' come back!