For Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), re-opening the national monuments in the nation’s capitol was more than just a good deed for the greatest generation — it was a call to action. And as she and fellow lawmakers gathered at the World War II monument on a hot October day, it was time to take charge, literally.
Bachmann told the tale of that hot morning on the National Mall a mere one week ago to the audience at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon. But while many have argued it was the veterans who broke through the barricades, joined by their family members and supporters from Honor Flight, Bachmann told a different story, one that left her basking in the glory of a job well done.
“OK, so here is a story,” the Minnesota Republican said. “I was out walking, minding my own business as I usually do in the morning. I’m usually causing trouble in D.C., but in the mornings, I go out and I walk, and I usually am walking somewhere around the National Mall and somewhere around the memorial. So I was out walking, as I said, minding my own business, enjoying the beautiful day, it’s about 80 degrees out, and all of a sudden on my phone, in came an email.”
Bachmann continued, saying the message was a call to action from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) asking members of Congress to head down to the World War II Memorial and open it up for its veterans.
“So I went in my mom clothes – that’s what I walk around in in the morning – I went over to the memorial and I went from the back side, and I couldn’t believe my eyes because here were tour buses facing the World War II Memorial, a fairly narrow strip of sidewalk, and iron barricades had been set up with police tape,” she said.
The Tea Party congresswoman joined King, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and others from Congress in welcoming the veterans to the monument erected in their honor.
“So I ran over. Louie Gohmert had his scissors. Steve was standing next to the barrier. I yelled, ‘Charge!’ and away we go, and we opened the barriers,” Bachmann said.
But for the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, her justice-seeking ways for veterans didn’t stop there. Bachmann went on to describe her trip to the Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial and finally, the Lincoln Memorial, done in the name of all that is right.
“And so Steve and I said, let’s keep going; we’re not done,” Bachmann told the crowd. “…So once again, Steve and I lifted up the iron barriers [at the Lincoln Memorial]. We moved them aside. We took our scissor. We cut the police tape. He and I went up the steps. We had some other people with us. We said, come on; let’s go up; let’s take this hill.”
And take it they did.
Bachmann, who has chosen not to seek re-election in 2014, spoke on a host of issues at the Family Research Center’s annual conference, including the government shutdown and Obamacare.
The Tea Party sweetheart recounted the night the Affordable Care Act was passed — she was “weeping on the floor” — and questioned what the government would do if a shutdown occurred several years down the line.
“So in the future in a shutdown will we see another President Obama move where he puts padlocks on a private clinic like ours just because we might be able to take insurance?” she asked. “Will they stop a kidney just in process? Will they stop a scheduled C-section in process? What will they do?”
She continued, slamming the healthcare law and calling it the “egregious system that will be ultimately known as ‘deathcare,'” and offering encouraging words in the fight to defund Obamacare.
“It’s the battle of our times,” she said. “You choose. You choose. It’s the battle of our times.”