It may have been a short exchange between Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer and a park service ranger at the World War II Memorial, but it was enough to make national news.
The congressman was upset because Honor Flight veterans were getting access to the memorial, which is closed due to the government shutdown, but the several other vets were not.
"How do you look at them and deny them access?" Neugebauer said.
"It's difficult," The Park Service employee said.
"Well, it should be difficult," replied the congressman.
"It is difficult," responded the Park Service employee. "I'm sorry, sir."
"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," The congressman said.
"I'm not ashamed," The ranger responded.
"Well, you should be," Neugebauer replied.
At that point, a crowd of onlookers got involved.
"This woman is doing her job, just like me. I'm a 30-year federal veteran. I'm out of work," One man said.
"Well, the reason you are is because Mr. Reid decided to shut down the government," Neugebauer said.
"No, it's because the government won't do its job and pass a budget," the man responded.
We spoke with the congressman over the phone, who said the incident got blown out of proportion.
"My frustration was primarily that that monument should not be closed to anybody," Neugebauer said. "It's an open spaced monument, it does not require any personnel to be there. So, why they spent all this money to put those barriers up to prevent some of these veterans that want to come see this memorial is a little frustrating to me."
One glance at the congressman's own Facebook page, and you can see hundreds of comments like these:
"You should be absolutely embarrassed by your actions to the park ranger," One person said.
"You shut down all the governmental operations, the park service did not," Another wrote.
"You should be ashamed of yourself for attacking a federal employee that you have deemed non-essential and barred from work," Another comment read.
Neugebauer said, however, that he has actually received some support from his constituents.
"You know, quite honestly, we've gotten a lot of calls, and most of them are from people outside the district," Neugebauer said. "But, I've had a lot of people say they understand my frustration as well that this administration would continue to play games with these treasures, these American heroes that gave their many sacrifices, blood, for this country. And then to be denied the ability to come and see the memorial, I think a lot of folks feel the same outrage I do."
The congressman said his comments weren't directed at the park ranger, but he stands by what he said.