Many on this side of the Atlantic have watched the US shut-down with astonishment and disbelief. The BBC has had some helpful coverage. The New York Times ("U.S. Shutdown Nears as House Votes to Delay Health Law", September 28, 2013) had an interesting paragraph:
Representative John Culberson of Texas said that as he and his colleagues were clamoring for a vote, he shouted out his own encouragement. “I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!' ” That the Senate would almost certainly reject the health care delay, he added, was not a concern. “Ulysses S. Grant used to say, ‘Boys, quit worrying about what Bobby Lee is doing. I want to know what we are doing.’ And that’s what the House is doing today, thank God.”Culberson is a name that will be familiar to some for his interest in numismatics.