The current government shutdown in the United States is now the longest that the country has ever endured (Bloomberg, Reuters). The shutdown has been particularly harsh on low-income Americans who depend on federal assistance and on those who live in rural states (AP, Axios). Several federal employees have filed lawsuits against the government demanding to be paid (Bloomberg).
But this is a special day for one federal employee. For the first time in his life, the president of the United States can claim a genuine and verifiable superlative. In the face of all those silly boasts about being the best or biggest or most or smartest, finally the president has actually done something more than anyone else. Considering the general opinion his base has of government, today he has become, I imagine, not just historic, but a little more heroic.