"It's time to reopen Pennsylvania Avenue, for our visitors, our business community, our commuters, our residents -- for every American who celebrates freedom and believes that giving in to fear is not an acceptable response in a democracy .... There are barricades to the left of us, barricades to the right of us, and yet directly in the middle sits what is supposed to be one of this nation's most enduring symbols of freedom. Surrounded by concrete, and ringed by armed guards, dogs, and patrol vehicles, a roadway that once resonated with freedom now reeks of fear,"
Also available, are high-tech suspicious package removing robots, with their own specially designed, taxpayer provided robot ride, and addition to a bunch of bomb removal vehicles. These pictures are from previous occasions, in this case this high tech equipment was not called in.