State-run media at its worst.
You can watch the National Zoo’s yet un-named female panda cub be nursed by her mother Mei Xiang right now on the zoo’s panda cam. Go do it, I’ll wait. But if congressional leaders are unable to come to an agreement to avoid a government shutdown, the roughly half of federal employees who will be affected won’t even have the solace of watching the panda cub to distract them from their lack of paychecks.
Can the nation survive Obama’s government shutdown? Fortunately the pandas will survive Harry Reid’s mendacity:
The animals will be fed & cared for. A #shutdown will not affect our commitment to the safety of our staff & excellence in animal care.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) September 30, 2013