(WASHINGTON) -- Beaming with enthusiasm, President Obama surprised tourists with an appearance at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday afternoon. He was there to make the point that places such as the Lincoln Memorial are open because of a bipartisan budget agreement reached on Friday.
"Because Congress was able to settle its differences – that's why this place is open today and everybody’s able to enjoy their visit," Obama told visitors.
"And that's the kind of future cooperation I hope we have going forward ‘cause this is what America is all about - everybody from different places enjoying those things that bind us together," he added.
The president got out of his motorcade and rushed up the steps at the memorial, where he took a few minutes to shake hands and talk with visitors.
Obama made the trip not long after signing a continuing resolution that will keep the government open until Congress votes on Friday night’s last minute deal.
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