Ramps to Help Ducks in and out of the Capitol Reflecting Pool Make a Big Splash

There was a tiny bit of cuteness to emerge from the news in Washington, D.C. this week. Partisan bickering soon followed.
May 18, 2017, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Joanne Pierce broke the news yesterday on a headline-grabbing new infrastructure project recently completed in Washington, D.C.: the installation of new ramps to help ducks in and out of the Capitol Reflecting Pool at Union Square.

"The duck ramps are painted in bright white and easily noticeable. They also say, 'Duck Ramp' on them, so humans and ducks alike know who should use the ramps. No word on whether pigeons and squirrels are offended," writes Pierce with the appropriate amount of tongue-in-cheek to explain the development.

An article by Liam Stack takes the snark a step further—pretending for a moment that the story is evidence of another Trump Administration scandal. After revealing the real nature of the story ("This is a story about ducks."), Stack puts the spotlight on Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, who took to Twitter earlier this week to say the ramps are examples of government waste.

Meanwhile, the Architect of the Capitol, which installed the ramps, tweeted a video that showed ducklings using the ramp. Stack includes a series of responses to Rep. Walker's take on the ramps.

There was also more than one person on Twitter linking the duck ramps to the Trump Administration's long-promised, expected-soon, $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington
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