Time will tell whether this government shutdown ends with a bang or a whimper. But so far, it has been heavy on the tweets. Government agencies took to Twitter to announce their shutdown plans. Federal beneficiaries described the effects of the impasse. The Voyager spacecraft declared, in a decidedly un-machine-like way, that it would stop tweeting until further notice. Some of these pronouncements could be cause for dismay. Others might not be great losses to the nation. What follows is the story of the shutdown, via Twitter. Add your reactions to the comments -- or tweet us @BostonComment, if you’re still in operation.
Don't go anywhere -- new passports won't be issued
Has anyone seen my passport? I'm talking to you, U.S. postal service...— Kristin Crofts (@KristinCrofts) October 1, 2013
A shutdown might be fleeting, but a pun will last a lifetime
I was going to go visit the USS Constitution but I said "ah frigate"— Jim Gilhooly (@JimGilhooly1957) October 1, 2013
Just hold it
Biggest complaint says one Aussie tourist at the Bunker Hill monument in Boston: "there's no place to go to the bathroom" #shutdown— Nina Porzucki (@porzucki) October 1, 2013
Essential services are still in operation
Museums & monuments are closed—but the $22 valet parking at the National Republican Club is still available (photos): http://t.co/dgPT6ANHy1— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) October 1, 2013
...but transparency is not essential
Air Force says travel for all intercollegiate athletics cancelled as result of gov't shutdown, including football game at Navy on Saturday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 1, 2013
All is not lost
I'm happy to report that, despite the government shutdown, the post office continues to be a fully functioning center of despair.— The Doug (@douglenox) October 1, 2013
Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013
Nice work, earthlings
Due to government shutdown, we will not be posting or responding from this account. Farewell, humans. Sort it out yourselves.— NASAVoyager2 (@NASAVoyager2) October 1, 2013
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