Obama Inc. Tries Barackading George Washington's Mansion, Doesn't Own It

"Mount Vernon has never accepted any government funds throughout its long history."


Barackade Obama is starting to act like some kind of supervillain. Except his only superpower is senselessly blockading national monuments to convince the nation that Republicans are evil.

It's not a great plan. But then he's not a great thinker.

And this time he picked a fight with America's real president. President Washington.

The National Park Service blocked parking lots at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens “due to a misunderstanding over the ownership of the spaces,” according to Melissa Wood, Mt. Vernon’s media director.

Mount Vernon officials approached the NPS, which removed the barricades “as soon as they realized their mistake,” Wood says, adding that the Park Service maintains the parking lots, but Mount Vernon owns the property.

Did the National Park Service really not know what property it owns and what property it doesn't own? That level of incompetence is almost plausible, but not quiet. It's easy enough to check a budget.

The Mount Vernon site states, "George Washington's Mount Vernon is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and will remain open despite the threat of a shutdown of the federal government. Despite some reports to the contrary, our parking lots are open and available. We stand ready to welcome all visitors to the home of our founding father and first president.

"Mount Vernon has never accepted any government funds throughout its long history."

That last sentence would have seemed odd a few weeks ago. And then suddenly Barackade Obama decided to shut down any site in any way affiliated with the National Park Service even if the NPS doesn't staff it or run it or even fund it.