Obama Surprises Tourists At Lincoln Memorial By Michael McIntee | April 15, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on DC Subscribe to DC Follow this author Obama surprises tourists at Lincoln Memorial In Washington DC President Obama stopped by the Lincoln Memorial to remind visitors that it was open because he and congress had reached a budget agreement that kept the government from shutting down. He also greets a school group he mentioned in his budget address. The group was worried that the looming government shut down would also shut down their DC trip. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.