Obama Visits Lincoln Published April 10, 2011 • Updated on April 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm President Obama celebrated the avoidance of a shutdown by visiting the Lincoln Memorial. 8 photos 1/8 Getty Images If you were hanging out on the National Mall Saturday enjoying the cherry blossoms one final time this spring, you may have run into the president. 2/8 Getty Images President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial. 3/8 Getty Images His visit came the day after budget negotiations with Congress prevented a government shutdown 4/8 Getty Images Had there have been a shutdown, the Lincoln Memorial would not have been open over the weekend. 5/8 Getty Images As a matter of fact, all national parks and monuments, and even the National Zoo, would have shut down at midnight. last night. 6/8 Getty Images So with no shutdown, all of these tourists (and locals) were able to take in a bit of history -- and shake the president's hand. 7/8 Getty Images It also gave them a chance to see the White House staff and Secret Service officers dodge the cameras. 8/8 Getty Images Where you there when President Obama visited? If you got any pictures or video, send it on over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!