Here is the big story that is not being reported. Due to the shutdown,Obama is on purpose, unnecessarily making life difficult on average Americans. You would think in an emergency he would be figuring out how to keep things running as normal as possible, instead he is making things not normal. _______________________________________________ First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. FLOTUS ✔ @FLOTUS Due to Congressâs failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 11:55 AM - 1 Oct 2013 In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first ladyâs staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown. __________________________________________ Why was the World War II Memorial barricaded? Lawmakers on Capitol Hill do not seem any closer to an agreement that would end the government shutdown. On Tuesday, when veterans came to the World War II Memorial only to discover it had been barricaded because of the shutdown, they moved the blockade, then continued on to pay their respects. But the memorial is a federal site in a public space. Why was there a need for barricades in the first place? "Park Service did not want to barricade these, but unfortunately we have been directed, because of the lack of appropriations, to close all facilities and grounds," said National Mall and Memorial parks spokeswoman Carol Johnson. "I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew to take care of any problems. What we're trying to do is protect this resource for future generations," said Johnson.