WASHINGTON (AP) - A collective sigh of relief is resonating across the nation, now that a federal government shutdown is merely a thought of what could have been.
Thousands of tourists poured into the Smithsonian museums in Washington on Saturday to see artifacts that would have been shuttered if it weren't for a late night budget deal. Military families won't have to stock their freezers, not knowing when they might have another paycheck.
The only thing that rivals their joy is widespread disgust, knowing that political bickering made them cringe in the first place.
Matthew Molina of Alexandria, Va., a Marine veteran from the Iraq war, says he's appalled by Congress. Still, he and his wife joined thousands at the National Cherry Blossom Festival once they knew the city's attractions would be open.