The best shutdown tweets on Twitter

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo News
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A US Park Police officer walks behind a barricade with sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday, with lawmakers refusing to budge in a partisan battle over President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Reaction on Twitter was both bitter and biting, with many users pointing to visible signs of the shutdown, tweeting pictures from national parks and monuments closed as a result of the halt.



President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner exchanged hashtagged pleasantries.



Other Congressional soundbytes about the shutdown were captured in 140-character segments, too.



Meanwhile, government agencies used Twitter to alert their followers of the shutdown.



And that included the National Zoo and its popular "panda cam."



Others tried to find a silver lining in the shutdown.



Other Twitter users took the opportunity to riff with government shutdown pickup lines, replete with the #govtshutdownpickuplines hashtag. (Suitable-for-work sample: "You must be an essential employee, because that body is workin' today." Or, "Girl, @NASA may be closed, but you're still outta this world.")

Still, as one follower of the "Today" show Twitter feed put it: