D.C is a place known for mild winters and pleasant summers that make a perfect ground for lawmakers around the country to feel comfortable. Due to its moderate temperatures, even little amounts of snow causes a virtual shutdown of all outdoor activities.
On Tuesday, while federal agencies were in the midst of delayed arrival due to a snowstorm that slammed the Northeast, retired Navy Seal and current Interior Secretary spent the day giving tours to visitors and scooping snow off the steps of the memorial.
Instead of staying indoors and working at the Department of Interior building, the new Secretary of Interior called up the U.S park Police to check out the lands in emergency situation under his jurisdiction.
Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson was able to accompany Secretary Zinke as he made his rounds, checking on everything in his purview. When Zinke arrived, he was in a flack Jacket and ready to go.
Johnson, Zinke and his security joined the Park Police, driving down the national mall, as Zinke asked questions of the officer under his command.
The officer informed them both that the Park Police look for ditched motorists and any homeless living in the park who may be trapped during a snowstorm. There are also measures that pertain to trouble makers who want to take advantage of the mayhem and deface monuments.
While checking out these monuments, they found that the Lincoln Memorial had been taped off for safety reasons. Zinke took the time to assess the situation, and then took part in something that we have seldom seen a government official do in the last 8 years:
Zinke stopped his tour to roll up his sleeves and help the park police shovel snow off the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I guess an administration filled with former military personnel is more accustomed to hard work than one populated with sympathizers of radical Islam and anarchists from the 60s (circa 2008-2016).
After he finished helping his brothers in uniform, the former SEAL saw that there were tourists who would be unable to take in the whole experience of the monuments because of the snow and restricted access, so he took the time to introduce himself to 2 of them, and asked if they’d like to see the rooftop of the memorial.
Zinke took the time to offer a few more tourists an inside view of the basement of the memorial before moving on.
What a breath of fresh air it is to have this caliber person in charge of our national parks.