Mark Hammer

This morning we visited Wall Street. Our host wanted to bring us to Federal Hall, where Washington was sworn in as the first president. There was a piece of paper taped to the window stating that the place was closed due to the government furlough. And the statue of Washington out front was covered in scaffolding, due to some sort of refurbishing, I gather.

Of course the New York Stock Exchange just kitty-corner across the street was running and open, just fine.

Something both symbolic and ironic in that, I think.