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Obama, Biden welcome back furloughed federal workers with high praise, snacks

By Doug Powers  •  October 17, 2013 12:42 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

I don’t think the returning crew of Apollo 11 got as warm a presidential reception as the furloughed federal workers did from Obama when going back to work:

And that brings me to one last point. I’ve got a simple message for all the dedicated and patriotic federal workers who’ve either worked without pay or have been forced off the job without pay these past few weeks, including most of my own staff: Thank you. Thanks for your service. Welcome back. What you do is important. It matters. You defend our country overseas. You deliver benefits to our troops, who have earned them, when they come home. You guard our borders. You protect our civil rights. You help businesses grow and gain footholds in overseas markets. You protect the air we breathe and the water our children drink, and you push the boundaries of science and space, and you guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glories of this country. Thank you. What you do is important, and don’t let anybody else tell you different, especially to the young people who come to this — this city to serve, believe that it matters. Well, you know what? You’re right. It does.

Obama then added: “Shout-out to Lois Lerner, who couldn’t be with us here today!” Just kidding. I think.

Imagine how complimentary Obama might have been toward federal workers deemed “essential”!

Joe Biden welcomed back workers returning to the Environmental Protection Agency, and given the EPA’s record on private sector job killing, it was kind of ironic. How often do laid off private sector workers get the chance to even return to their jobs, let alone with back pay and muffins?

As for the shutdown itself, Obama in part blamed those darn meddling bloggers.

Update: Also from Obama’s “the important things federal government does” address:

It provides security to our diplomats abroad.

Er, ok.

**Written by Doug Powers

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