Tourists braved the rain while visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on the first day the government reopened.
Many of the tourists told CBS Atlanta News on Thursday afternoon that they were excited that the government is back open, yet equally disappointed in the politicians who allowed it to close.
Tours at the historic site are back open after a 16-day government shutdown.
Maurice Bailey's visit to Atlanta from Seattle, WA, was winding down - much like the government's time to reach a deal.
"If I had come here after eight days and not get to see it and never be able to come back again, it would be something in my life that I would have never experienced," said Bailey.
George Barnes, who is a retired military man, said unlike the politicians, he had the furloughed workers in mind.
"I prayed for everybody that was out of work. My sister was out of work for a couple of weeks. I'm just glad everybody is back to work," said Barnes.
A group of students touring the King historic site to learn a bit of history told CBS Atlanta News they're hoping the men and women in Washington have also learned a thing or two from this historic government shutdown.
"I don't think the parties should ever use the government as a bargaining point. ‘If you don't do what I want I'm going to take this away,'" said Hannah Shuck.
"It's a shame that it lasted as long as it did or that it ever came to that point," said Brittany Echols.
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