You certainly didn’t watch an air show, because in the U.S., air shows have been canceled and patriotic flight teams have been disbanded. A third of all military flight groups have been grounded due to sequester. But you know where they are flying patriotic air shows? In Egypt, like in this photo of Egyptian fire jets flying in formation during a ceremony at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sherif Abd El Minoem, Egyptian Presidency) Too bad you didn’t get to see it. You paid for it.
Another thing you didn’t do is tour the White House while visiting Washington D.C. If you were a Hollywood actress or a famous sports team or an Obama Campaign contributor, you had a pretty good shot at visiting the White House, though, like the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball champion Louisville Cardinals, shown here just last Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) But you can’t go there, if you’re an ordinary tax payer.
Another thing you can’t do is go to Florida to see a Space Shuttle launch or even a heavy lift rocket launch. Not if you’re an American. The current administration has canceled those programs and pushed all such development into “the future.” However, if you’re a European, you can be proud of your participation in the International Space Station or perhaps you could have seen this ESA Ariane 5 heavy lift launch Thursday from French Guiana. (AP Photo/ESA, CNES, Arianespace) Yup, there’s no time like the present to be an American.